African nations pledge 8,700 for anti-Boko Haram force

February 7, 2015 9:16 PM

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African nations pledge 8,700 for anti-Boko Haram force

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - African nations pulling together a regional force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram militants on Saturday pledged 8,700 soldiers, policemen and civilians, an increase from earlier estimates for the mission.

The African Union had previously authorized a force of 7,500 troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin to take on the Islamists, who have seized large swathes of northeastern Nigeria and mounted attacks on neighboring nations.

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