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British C-17 aircraft transports Ghana troops, heavy equipment to help in Mali

Britain's military has flown troops and heavy equipment from Ghana to Mali to support the international intervention in the west African nation.

The Ministry of Defense says a C-17 aircraft is carrying more than 120 members of a Ghanaian engineering company with vehicles and equipment to Bamako, where they will build accommodation and assist with projects like road building as part of the African-led support mission to Mali.

It added that the request from Ghana for a C-17 was made earlier this week.

In addition to providing logistical support and aircraft to support the French-led intervention in Mali, Britain has said that it will contribute to an EU training mission to support the Malian army and provide trainers to help prepare an African-led intervention force.