Boko Haram has killed dozens of people during an attack on a village in Cameroon near the Nigerian border, Cameroonian defence authorities say. Cameroonian defense spokesman Didier Badjeck says it is not yet possible to determine the total number of victims.
There are possibly up to 100 dead, a local soldier says, in a phone interview with dpa. The attack on Fotokol follows after an offensive Tuesday by the Chadian Army, in which some 200 Boko Haram members were reportedly killed.
The offensive followed a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Cameroon and its members were chased into north-eastern Nigeria, Chad’s military chief of staff said Wednesday. Nine Chadian soldiers were killed and 21 injured when the insurgents attacked the base of the Multinational Joint Taskforce – a coalition Chad, Niger and Nigeria formed to fight Boko Haram.
The attack took place along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. The Chadian soldiers then pursued the Boko Haram fighters into Nigeria and followed them to their bases in the towns of Gamboru and Ngala in Borno State, the general said in a statement published on the Chadian news website Al Wihda.
Soldiers destroyed a dozen Boko Haram vehicles loaded with heavy weapons and about a hundred motorbikes and seized a canon, according to the statement.
“Gamboru has been liberated, and that came with a serious cost to [Boko Haram],” a source with Nigeria’s Defence Ministry said on the condition of anonymity. “The multinational troops are working in tandem to rout out these elements.”
About 2,000 Chadian soldiers were stationed along the border this week after the African Union agreed on January 31 to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram. The offensive came 10 days before Nigeria is scheduled to hold presidential and legislative elections on February 14. Nigerian and Chadian war planes have been bombing Boko Haram hideouts since Monday. SAPA