AU summit okays int'l forces to fight Boko Haram

On Friday, the AU Peace and Security Council approved the deployment of 7,500 troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

AU summit okays int'l forces to fight Boko Haram

World Bulletin / News Desk

African Union (AU) summit has unanimously approved the deployment of multinational forces to Nigeria to combat Boko Haram militant group, the AU Peace and Security Council Commissioner said Saturday.

Ismail Chergui told a press conference that a meeting will be held in Cameroon soon to finalize procedures related to the troops' deployment before going to the United Nations for issuing a resolution sanctioning the deployment.

He, however, gave no details about the participants in the meeting.

On Friday, the AU Peace and Security Council approved the deployment of 7,500 troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram, a decision that was welcomed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

For the last five years, Nigeria has battled a fierce Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged the country's volatile northeast and claimed thousands of lives.

The year 2014 proved to be the insurgency's bloodiest year yet, with increasingly frequent attacks, higher death tolls and a deluge of displaced persons.

A seemingly emboldened Boko Haram recently stepped up its militant activity, seizing several areas of Nigeria's Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states, where it has since declared an "Islamic caliphate."

The attacks displaced well over 1.5 million people in 2014, according to a recent report by the Borno State government.

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