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West African states create 'super army' to fight Boko Haram

24 July 2014, 14:50

Lagos - Nigeria's battle against terrorist group Boko Haram received a much-needed boost when Cameroon, Niger and Chad pledged to assist with forces to create a 'super army' to combat the insurgency, BBC News reports. 

Each country will supply 700 soldiers, forming a 2800-strong army to combat the destructive militants whose reach has spilled over into neighbouring countries. Border posts between Cameroon and Nigeria have been targeted by Boko Haram, the group were suspected over blowing up the important trade-link at the Ngala bridge earlier this week.

The plight against Boko Haram has intensified after more than 82 people were killed in two bombings that hit a market in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The pooling of forces is not the first time the countries have joined forces to tackle Boko Haram. The four countries have been sharing intelligence regarding the militants since May. 

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