UK sending troops to help in Boko Haram fight British soldiers will train Nigerian forces

LAGOS (AA) – The U.K. is to deploy 35 soldiers to help train Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram militants in the country’s northeast, the British High Commission announced in a statement late on Wednesday.

“More than 35 personnel from the Second Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, will be shortly deployed to deliver infantry training to Nigerian military personnel preparing to tackle the extremist group in the north of the country,” a commission spokesman, Joe Abuku, said.

Abuku said that the regiment concerned had already trained at least 1,000 troops in Nigeria and that around 130 British military personnel were deployed to the country last year.

“This included training in infantry skills, civil-military affairs, media operations, command and leadership, IED-awareness, and support to Nigerian military training schools and establishments,” the statement added.

The U.K. added that a Nigerian intelligence and analysis cell focusing on the insurgency had also received some support from Britain.

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