Tamil Diplomat

Britain commits more troops to Nigeria to combat Boko Haram

Britain will send more troops to its former colonial possession Nigeria in an effort to combat the threat of militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Monday.

The troops will not take part in active combat against the group, but will provide training and assistance to the Nigerian army, including a specialist counter-IED (improvised explosive device) team and a Royal Air Force (RAF) training team.

Fallon made the announcement during a visit to the country to meet with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. He said up to 300 British troops could be sent to Nigeria during 2016.