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Saturday, May 7, 2016

United States considers selling A-29 Super Tucano ground attack planes to Nigeria

The United States is considering selling Nigeria ground attack planes to help
fight Boko Haram rebels, officials said Friday, despite concerns over the local military’s human rights record.

Nigeria’s Western allies have vowed to assist the West African giant in its fight against the brutal Islamist group, but have been cautious of providing arms to troops regularly accused of extrajudicial killings. 

Washington is now, however, contemplating selling Nigeria a dozen A-29 Super Tucano ground attack planes of the type US contractors have supplied to Afghanistan to help it strike Taliban guerrillas. 

US officials would not publicly confirm the plan, as it has not been formally approved or explained to Congress, but said Washington is looking for ways to help President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

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