EU announces funding to support fight against Boko Haram

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The European Union (EU) has announced a $55m (£41m) support for the MNJTF, the multi-national force fighting Boko Haram, a joint statement by the EU and AU says.

It reads in part:

We commend the countries of the region for the progress made over the past months in ensuring a coordinated regional response through the MNJTF. The agreement we have signed today will further strengthen the regional coordination of the response.

Soldiers of the Chadian army patrol on at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon

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Soldiers of the Chadian army patrol on at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon

We will also provide transport and communication assets to the force headquarters, allowing for effective coordination and command of military operations…. This should prevent Boko Haram’s ability to move across borders when fighting uncoordinated bilateral operations. ”

Boko Haram attacks have severely affected the north-east of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

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