Nigerian army chief raises concern over Boko Haram links with Mali terrorists

Nigerian army chief raises concern over Boko Haram links with Mali terrorists”

The army chief said that was why Malian army personnel were sent to Nigeria for training "so as to garner experiences in the areas of armour and artillery".

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has charged officers' to ensure they defend the territorial integrity of the country and ensure the safety of its citizens.

He however reiterated that the Nigerian Army will do all that are humanly feasible to provide all logistics and operational requirements necessary to contain the current security challenges faced by the country in the course of carrying out their constitutional roles.

Buratai said this while receiving Mali's Chief of Army Staff, Colonel Babi Abdulrahman, at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

He said the two countries' security agencies sought to work closely in order to end Boko Haram insurgency in the border regions.

"The Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria have been investigated to have links with terror groups in northern Mali".

Baby said the armies of both countries needed to share experiences and knowledge "as we both fight terrorism".

Boko Haram is an Islamic extremist/terror group based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.

He said in spite of the occasional attacks by the insurgents, the Nigerian army has largely crippled their activities.

"Some of the terrorists still carry out attacks on isolated and remote areas of the North-East, but we are not resting on our oars", local media reports quoted Buratai as saying.

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