Cameroon says it has liberated a Boko Haram stronghold in Nigeria

By Admin Feb 17, 2016 10:02 AM World

Cameroon says it has liberated a Boko Haram stronghold in
northeastern Nigeria, killing more than 150 militants and destroying weapons
and bomb factories.

The Cameroonian military launched raids on Goshi in
northeastern Nigeria, 15 km (9.3 miles) from the border with Cameroon, between
February 11-14, according to the country’s Communications Minister Issa
Tchiroma Bakary, Voice of America reports. During the raids, 162 Boko Haram
fighters were killed, four mine factories destroyed, a training center for
militants set on fire and weapons seized, Bakary said, adding that Nigerian
hostages were also freed.


Boko Haram has been suspected of carrying out attacks in
Cameroon and other countries neighboring Nigeria in the Lake Chad region. Two
female suicide bombers killed at least six people at a funeral on February 10
in the village of Nguetchewe, close to the Nigerian border. A quadruple suicide
attack at a market in Cameroon’s Far North region in January killed around 25

Cameroon has joined forces with Nigeria, Niger, Chad and
Benin as part of an 8,700-strong Multi-National Joint Task Force, which was set
up in March 2015 to improve regional coordination in fighting Boko Haram. In
October of that year, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged a total of 300
military personnel to assist Cameroon in its efforts to stamp out the
insurgency, which has claimed some 20,000 lives and displaced more than 2
million people since 2009.


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