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    Attackers Cross Lake Chad to Strike Cameroon

    FILE - Cameroon soldiers have been battling militants in the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.
    FILE - Cameroon soldiers have been battling militants in the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.

    Cameroon authorities say at least 600 suspected Boko Haram fighters crossed Lake Chad and simultaneously attacked several villages and towns Friday, leading to the arrests of 25 of the insurgents and the drowning deaths of hundreds of others.

    Issa Tchiroma Bakari, Cameroon's minister of communication, said fierce fighting erupted in the villages of Ngouma, Sagme, Ardebe, Dambore and Soueram when government forces attempted to retake them from insurgents.

    The fighters, thought to have come from Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, had entered northern Cameroon from Lake Chad, which also borders Nigeria, Chad and Niger. They reportedly ransacked the Cameroonian villages and stole livestock.

    "Our defense and security forces vigorously retaliated against this barbaric attack and forced the attackers to retreat,” Tchiroma said. “This terrorist organization is only aimed at jeopardizing peace and security in our country."

    Tchiroma said Cameroon's military arrested 25 of the attackers and killed several.  Hundreds of others were swallowed by the waters of Lake Chad after their boats capsized or sank when they tried to escape.

    Another assault

    As the fighting was going on in the five villages near Lake Chad, hundreds of other suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria's Borno state attacked Cameroonian towns of Bankim, Amchide and Limani.

    Cameroon military spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said government forces seized weapons and burned 20 vehicles and an armored car belonging to the insurgents.

    Twenty wounded Cameroon soldiers were taken to the Maroua central hospital in northern Cameroon for treatment, while the 25 suspected Boko Haram fighters were taken to an unknown destination. Cameroon authorities said none of their soldiers was killed.

    The incident marked the third time in which Cameroon reported attackers infiltrating through Lake Chad. The violent Boko Haram group has frequently carried out attacks on land over the border.

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    by: Special from: Germany
    December 14, 2014 12:04 PM
    Jim the earlier you stop Comparing Nigeria with Cameroon the better.We both are fighting a common enemy and Cameroon is doing his best to safeguard his Sovereignty. Book haram is an internal Nigerian political affair and Cameroon will never allow it beautiful country to be destroy by your foolish and greedy politicians using Boko haram.Cameroon will always provide a safe haven for all the refugees coming from Nigeria, Central African Republic be it Muslims or Christians for we all believe in one God.

    by: JIM from: NIGERIA
    December 14, 2014 3:43 AM
    That story is not true.let them tell us the real story and stop saying things to discredit nigeria government.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    December 13, 2014 1:00 PM
    This is how an army should be. Another foreign media house reported at least 200 boko haram insurgents killed, and here VOA reports that Cameroonian soldiers only sustained injuries, no fatality. So heartwarming, cheering, a sign that to win the war is near if corruption is removed. The snag is about the suggestion that the US wants to come in to the aid of Cameroon over the boko haram saga. Question is : To do what? Why is it at this time when Cameroon has showed its ability to defeat boko haram on its own that the US wants to come in? In Nigeria, the US enlisted to help find the abducted over 200 Chibok schoolgirls, how far has it gone? Instead, boko haram has carved for itself a caliphate here while USA has refused, even to allow Nigeria purchase weapons and equipment to prosecute the campaign from USA or its allies, Europe, NATO, to the point Nigerians now see a mysterious hand behind the insurgency which might be linked to USA. If Cameroon wants to win the war against boko haram, it should say an emphatic NO to the US offer, unless it wants a repeat of Nigeria’s mistake.
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    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    December 14, 2014 2:47 AM
    Corruption in Africa is deep rooted and cannot be easily removed therefore winning the war against African terrorists is very remote.
    Its known fact that US enjoys claiming credits at the expense of others, at the same time blame it's failure to what they call "foreign elements". One has to know that Africa will never ever defeat terrorism by relaying only on foreign aid.We have got to learn how to do things on our own way before its too late!

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