Nigeria acknowledges more foreign help in Boko Haram fight

2015-03-13 13:45
Boko Haram (File: AFP)

Boko Haram (File: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Nigeria has acknowledged it is getting help from regional security operatives following reports that South African and other foreign contractors are assisting in the fight against Boko Haram extremists.

Nigerian government spokesperson Mike Omeri said on Thursday that the government is not engaging in "any backchannel or unlawful recruitment".

In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, Omeri notes that soldiers from neighbouring countries, including Chad and Niger, are participating in operations against the Islamic militants.

Omeri says other "individuals" from the region "are on the ground in a capacity limited to training or technical support".

A spokesperson for Islamic State militants, who control part of Iraq and Syria, says the group has accepted a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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