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    Cameroon Claims to Have Liberated Nigerian Boko Haram Stronghold

    FILE - A picture taken on February 17, 2015 shows Cameroonian soldiers patrolling in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. A spokesman for the government of Cameroon said more than 160 Boko Haram fighters were killed and hundreds of hostages, both Cameroonian and Nigerian, freed in the liberation of Goshi.
    FILE - A picture taken on February 17, 2015 shows Cameroonian soldiers patrolling in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria. A spokesman for the government of Cameroon said more than 160 Boko Haram fighters were killed and hundreds of hostages, both Cameroonian and Nigerian, freed in the liberation of Goshi.

    Cameroon says its soldiers have liberated the northeastern Nigerian town of Goshi from Boko Haram and handed it to the Nigerian government. A spokesman for the government of Cameroon said more than 160 Boko Haram fighters were killed and hundreds of hostages, both Cameroonian and Nigerian, freed. 

    Cameroon Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said between February 11 and 14, Cameroon's military launched raids on Goshi, where intelligence reports indicated Boko Haram fighters were running training camps and bomb factories. He said the terrorists were also training teenagers, especially girls, and brainwashing them to be suicide bombers. Cameroon obtained the approval of Nigeria to free Goshi from the insurgents. 

    "During this victorious assault 162 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized, four artisan mine factories were dismantled, a previously identified training center was set ablaze, war weapons seized. The operation led by Cameroon special forces also led to the release of hundreds of people held hostage by Boko Haram. Several Nigerian hostages were also freed," said Bakary.

    The spokesman said Cameroon lost two soldiers in the battle, adding that Nigerian troops celebrated the victory with Cameroon troops who have now left Goshi, a town 15 kilometers from Cameroon's border with Nigeria.

    Regional forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Benin have been launching raids on Boko Haram strongholds along the border since last year.

    According to the United Nations and Amnesty International, Boko Haram's 6 year insurgency has killed over 20 000 people, and displaced 2.5 million people. 

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    February 16, 2016 1:23 PM
    Nigerian territories still under boko-haram? That’s a shame! One person seriously shamed by the Cameroonian victory’s Major General Muhammadu Buhari. He should be so because since he took over power, we only hear what boko-haram’s done, we hear Nigerian Army’s haphazard propaganda that can’t convince even an infant. Always going in cycles – conquering and retaking the same towns and villages over and over again – Goma, Bama – they don’t even change the stories to try to convince some gullible ones.

    Now Cameroon came into Nigeria and pulled out boko-haram lassa rats by the tail, and the Nigerian soldiers go into town with the story; what an irony! This after so much noise about defeating insurgency in the country; after much noise about fighting corruption by which every attention’s diverted from every other thing, including freeing the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago. That Cameroon is doing the Nigeria’s fight against insurgency despite recovered loots to procure arms; that the Nigerian government of Buhari has moved not an inch in any positive way to healing the country, proves Buhari’s unpreparedness for government, once again a vote of no confidence in the Nigerian president.

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