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2 Soldiers Killed, 5 Wounded as Forces Take Over Boko Haram Strongholds

by on February 27, 2016
 

Cameroon’s army has killed at least 92 members of the Boko Haram armed group and freed 850 villagers in a joint operation with Nigerian forces, Cameroon’s government said.

The operation in the northeastern Nigerian village of Kumshe, close to the border with Cameroon, was conducted under the auspices of a multinational force fighting Boko Haram, a statement from Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said on Friday. “Two Cameroonian soldiers were killed [during the operation] by an accidental mine explosion. Five other soldiers were wounded,” Bakary said, adding the army captured weapons and ammunition and found a centre for production of homemade mines. There was no immediate comment from Nigeria, or independent confirmation of the operation or casualty toll.

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Boko Haram seeks to implement law in northeastern Nigeria and has staged a campaign of suicide and other attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger over the past year, including killing as many as 1,000 in Cameroon. In January, at least 86 people were killed in a series of attacks on a village in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram fighters. According to witnesses, the armed fighters firebombed huts and opened fire on civilians in the village of Dalori. Earlier this month, two suicide bombers killed at least 12 and wounded 50 others in a suspected Boko Haram market attack in northern Cameroon.

The US military calls Boko Haram the most violent armed group in the world. Some 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.3 million displaced since Boko Haram started its violent campaign in 2009.Children have been particularly targeted by Boko Haram and have often been the victims of sexual abuse, forced marriage, abductions and brutal killings. Terrified and traumatized, many families are keeping their children away from school classes.

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  • olorunwa omo akin
    February 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Comment…who is to be blamed for the hardship and economic woes Nigeria and Nigerian are under going? of course our leaders from independence till date. when our counterpart in other part of the world were strategising for development and industrialisation and looking inward to achieve this feat. the opposite was/is the case in nigeria. isolationism was practised by many countries in order to bring about development from within their respective countries. USA, JAPAN, CHINA etc were good example of my analogy. it a shame for us to be in this kind of mess we are in. why must our leader do the “father Christmas” while we have lots we could solve with those monies. Nigeria leaders we are watching you

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