US mulls selling Nigeria attack planes

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari shakes hand with the US Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power in Abuja, Nigeria on April 21, 2016The 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.

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