India may send experts to Cameroon, following a request for assistance, to train the country’s defense forces for anti-terror operations against the Boko Haram militant group, a joint secretary in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs' West Africa Division said Tuesday.
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – New Delhi is hosting the third India-Africa Summit on October 26-29. As many as 54 African nations are taking part in the event.
"Cameroon has sought assistance to counter Boko Haram. They have asked us to increase the capacity building of their defense forces. We are ready to help the African countries which are affected by Boko Haram. We may send officials to Cameroon to train them in counter-insurgency and anti-terror operations," Sanjiv Kohli told a press conference.
Boko Haram staged attacks on northeastern Nigeria as early as 2009, expanding its reach to Cameroon four years later, and moving on to Chad and Niger in 2015.
In March, the group announced that it had affiliated itself with Islamic State jihadists, which seek to declare a caliphate in Muslim-majority countries in the region.