Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

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COTONOU: Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi announced he would send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants after meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari Saturday. Buhari, who was sworn in on May 29, is facing a particularly deadly surge of Islamist violence at home, with more than 800 people killed in northeastern Nigeria in the last two months. The violence has spread to neighbors Chad and Cameroon, both of whom have faced an unprecedented wave of suicide bombings on their soil in recent weeks. Boni Yayi told reporters after a meeting with Buhari that Benin would show “solidarity” with its “brothers in arms” in the region by sending “a contingent of 800 men… to permanently combat these outlaws.”

AFP

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