Metro Boko Haram Recruits Touareg Fighters, says Cameroon


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According to Issa Tchiroma, Cameroon’s communication minister, two Touareg fighters were identified among the dead, the Financial Times reports.

If confirmed, the involvement of the Touareg, who are from much farther north in Mali and Niger, might go some way to explaining Boko Haram’s steady transformation and the apparently swelling number of fighters in its ranks.

Touareg fighters fought in former Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi’s army and went on to lead the rebellion that in 2013 cut Mali in two.

The Cameroonian announcement followed news that a son of Olusegun Obasanjo, the former Nigerian president, has been shot and injured in an attempt by government forces to halt an onslaught by Islamist extremists in the remote and impoverished North East of the country.

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Source: #BusinessDay