Regional Force Ready To Battle Boko Haram

A new regional force tasked with fighting Boko Haram jihadists will start fighting the insurgents soon.

Nigeria’s military spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. However, he did not specify when for tactical reasons.

The Multi-National Joint Task Force will replace a regional offensive that has scored a number of victories against the Nigeria-based militants since February.

Boko Haram has increased attacks since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in in May.

“Any moment‎ from now, the operations or the Task Force will be manifest. In other words, we may not tell you (when it will commence), you will just see it,” Nigeria’s military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade told AFP.

“The mission has been sectorised, various sector commanders have been briefed, the briefing is ongoing at different levels … the aspect of the Nigerian force that will be part of the Multinational Joint Task Force has been designated,” Olukolade added.

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