The UK government has pledged to double its training efforts for the Nigerian Armed Forces to help combat the Boko Haram terrorist group. The announcement was made during a meeting between UK senior government officials and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. The number of British personnel deployed in the country will increase from 130 at present to at least 300 in the coming months.
Among the personnel being deployed to aid the Nigerians are a team of British Army instructors who specialise in countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs). A Royal Air Force team will also train the Nigerian Air Force in airfield defence and counterinsurgency (COIN) tactics that have been learned through combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Boko Haram remains a threat to civilians in Nigeria and the surrounding countries in North Africa with recent attacks including a suicide bombing in Cameroon that killed 10 and a series of suicide bombings in Chad which killed 30.