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African nations pledge force of 8,700 people to combat Boko Haram militants

African nations collaboratively pledged a regional force of 8,700 personnel including troops, policemen and civilians to aid in Nigeria’s fight against 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.

The representatives agreed to work towards “a safe and secure environment in the impacted regions.”

The new pledges come after three days of talks in Cameroon between experts form the nations of the Lake Chad basin, were the militants are looking to set up an Islamic caliphate, reports Reuters.

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