Benin soldiers deploy to Mali

Benin soldiers line up to board a plane to Bamako, Mali
Benin soldiers line up to board a plane to Bamako, Mali Credit: Reuters

Soldiers from Benin have left the capital Contonou for Mali to take part in the French-led intervention against Islamist extremists occupying the vast north of the country.

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