African Union agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

African Union’s peace and security council urges heads of state for move

ADDIS ABABA: African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said on Saturday.

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A file photo of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria

The move came after the council urged heads of state to endorse the deployment of troops from five West African countries to fight the terror group, said the head of the African Union’s peace and security council, Samil Chergui.

African leaders who are members of the 54-nation African Union are meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a two-day summit that ends on Saturday.

UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon earlier said he support the AU’s move to send a force to fight Boko Haram. Boko Haram is increasing its attacks as Nigeria prepares for February elections. Thousands have been killed in the five-year insurgency.

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