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US drones to bomb northern Nigeria

02 October 2016, 06:23

Abuja - The United States government may launch attacks against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, as a drone base being constructed in the Niger Republic would soon be completed, reports Punch

The American drone base is under construction in Agadez, a town in Niger.

Also read: US pledges to support Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram, terrorism

When completed, the facility is expected to offer US military, greater ability to use drones against Islamist extremists in countries like Libya, Mali and Nigeria.

The project, considered to be the United States’ most important military construction effort in Africa, according to secret files obtained by an online medium, The Intercept, will gulp $100m.

The Americans have for years operated an air base in Niamey, Niger’s capital, but in September 2014 the US African Command announced plans to build a drone facility for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.

- News 24


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