Cameroon stops Boko Haram militants at border

2014-08-27 21:13

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Yaounde - Cameroon's army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, state radio said on Wednesday, in a sign of the growing cross-border threat the militants pose.

The Boko Haram fighters crossed the border into Cameroon earlier this week, after attacking a military base and police station in Nigeria and apparently sending some 480 Nigerian troops retreating across the frontier.

"Cameroon soldiers have killed 27 Boko Haram elements during an attack in a locality near Fotokol in the far north," state radio CRTV said, adding that the deaths occurred on Monday and Tuesday. There was no word on any Cameroonian casualties.

Cameroon borders a part of northeastern Nigeria that has seen intense fighting over the past two weeks.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video on Sunday showing his heavily armed fighters apparently taking over the hilly Nigerian border town of Gwoza last week, which he declared an "Islamic territory".

It was the first time the militants have made an explicit territorial claim in more than five years of bloody insurgency. They have killed thousands of people since launching an uprising in 2009, but intensified their campaign of violence in Africa's top oil producer in the last year.

In recent weeks, Boko Haram, which is seeking to carve out a de facto Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks in Cameroon, leading the central African country to increase deployments along its jungle border.

Forced back

President Paul Biya dismissed two senior army officers last month following attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of the vice prime minister was kidnapped.

A Cameroonian soldier in the region said the militants had been pushed back into Nigeria after the attack on the military base, with calm returning to the area on Wednesday.

A Nigerian security source told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday that the Nigerian military was amassing forces for a counter-attack to push Boko Haram militants out of Gwoza and Gamboru in northeastern Nigeria.

Alice Adejuwon, who fled Gamboru along with hundreds of refugees into Cameroon, told Reuters by telephone that Boko Haram had tried to enter the area to collect bodies of men it had lost, but the Cameroonians forced them back.

"Many of us have fled here," she said, adding that Cameroonian soldiers had supplied some refugees with food. "Boko Haram are still moving around Gamboru so we can't go back."

Read more on:    boko haram  |  cameroon  |  nigeria  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.