Boko Haram: UK pledges new aid to Nigeria

2014-06-13 09:33
A screengrab taken from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls wearing the full-length hijab. (AFP)

A screengrab taken from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls wearing the full-length hijab. (AFP)

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Cape Town – Britain's foreign secretary William Hague has reportedly announced a new package of assistance to help Nigeria tackle Boko Haram.

According to Africa Report, Hague, who made the announcement in London during the global summit to end sexual violence against women, said Nigeria’s army would receive extra training, especially in counter-insurgency, while a million more children would be given schooling.

This comes as Boko Haram militants are still holding more than 200 Nigerian school girls hostage. The girls were abducted from the north-eastern village of Chibok, near the Cameroon border, on 14 April.

A report by The Telegraph said the British government would also provide assistance to Nigeria’s regional security and intelligence co-operation.

Regional patrols

The decision was announced after Hague met with ministers from Nigeria, Chad, Benin, Niger and Cameroon on the penultimate day of the summit he is co-hosting with Angelina Jolie, the report said.

The African countries have agreed to work together to come up with comprehensive information about the Islamist insurgents, as well as run task force regional patrols.

Boko Haram has waged an increasingly bloody insurgency since 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic state in Nigeria. Thousands of people have died in their attacks.

Britain has been providing aircraft and other support alongside the United States air force in the search for the girls, who are thought to beheld in a forest region of northern Nigeria.

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