British troops have been deployed in Africa to fight elephant poachers, in an effort to combat terrorism.
Nigerian-based jihadist terror group Boko Haram use the ivory obtained from the slaughter of rare forest elephants to fund their operations.
Enter the British troops.
UK soldiers have been stationed in Gabon, Central Africa, to protect the rare forest elephants from jihadi hunters.
The British troops consist of 16 elite servicemen, who react to SOS calls from the Gabonese authorities, the Daily Mirror reported.
It’s thought that Boko Haram have murdered more than 25,000 forest elephants in one region of Gabon alone over the past 10 years. Children have even been used as mules to transport the ivory.
Why? Because a rare forest elephant’s tusk trades for $84 for 1lb on the Asian black market.
The troops, who come mostly from the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, have been training park rangers in how to tackle poaching in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda over the past five years.
In their most recent phase, they trained up 80 Gabonese officers, where unarmed rangers are made to go head to head with poachers who come armed to the teeth with RPGs and AK47s.
“The big terror groups in Africa now live from piracy and poaching,” Christian Mbina, technical director of Gabon’s parks told The Mirror.