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8,700-strong African deployment to fight Boko Haram

AFP , Saturday 7 Feb 2015
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Five African nations on Saturday pledged to deploy 8,700 troops, police and civilians as part of a regional effort to combat Nigeria's Boko Haram militants.

"The representatives of Benin, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad have announced contributions totalling 8,700 military personnel, police and civilians," the countries said in a statement after a meeting in Yaounde.

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