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'SA has no troops in Nigeria'

Several publications claim there were South Africans involved in an offensive against Boko Haram.

FILE: Soldiers walking in Borno State, Nigeria. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has refuted claims that any of the countries troops are in Nigeria assisting the fight against Boko Haram.

SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini on Sunday said the South African soldiers allegedly patrolling streets in the Borno State capital were not SANDF members.

"The South African National Defence Force has noted the continued media reports, particularly from foreign media. We would like once more to reiterate that no members of the SANDF or any of its assets or elements are in that part of the region."

He added that he wasn't aware of any other defence group who had committed to sending troops and weapons to Nigeria.

The comments come after several publications including the New York Times claimed there were hundreds of South Africans involved in an offensive against Boko Haram.

Other reports claim the men are mercenaries.

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