The Defence Headquarters has increased the number of Nigerian troops to the African-led International support mission to Mali.
In a press release signed by the Director Defence Information, Muhammed Yerima, a total of 724 troops, made up of 300 Nigerian Air Force personnel and 424 Army personnel have been deployed.
Also deployed are heavy weapons, ammunitions, vehicles and equipment.
The Nigerian air force assets in the operation include two alpha jets and one MI35 which will provide interdiction and close air support to ground troops from their based in Niamey, Niger republic.
He assured Nigerians that the defence headquarters will continue to provide information on the operation as event unfolds