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    Cameroon: Hundreds of Hostages Freed, 100 Boko Haram Killed

    FILE - Cameroon soldiers stand guard at a lookout post as they take part in operations against the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram.
    FILE - Cameroon soldiers stand guard at a lookout post as they take part in operations against the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram.
    VOA News

    Cameroon's military said Saturday that its forces had freed several hundred hostages and killed about 100 Boko Haram militants in a joint operation with Nigerian troops.

    Military commanders said the combined force also had liberated the northeastern Nigerian town of Kumahe, near the Cameroonian border, during a three-day operation against the militant group.

    The Reuters news agency quoted Cameroonian Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary as saying two Cameroon soldiers had been killed and five others wounded.  

    There were no independent accounts to confirm the report, which came as U.S. envoys have been conferring with Nigerian military officials about the possible deployment of U.S. military advisers to the region.

    A U.S. official told VOA on Friday that the talks were "ongoing" but that no decision had been made.

    The New York Times reported Friday that a U.S. assessment team recommended the placement of dozens of noncombat advisers in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, "to help Nigerian military planners carry out a more effective counterterrorism campaign."

    The United States already has about 250 military personnel in Cameroon, most of them running a drone operation to monitor Boko Haram operations in the remote region.

    Nigeria has struggled for nearly seven years to stop deadly raids and suicide bombings by Boko Haram Islamists, who say they want to create a strict Islamic state in northern Nigeria.  

    The group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group, has also struck repeatedly in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    February 29, 2016 6:53 AM
    Cameroonian forces liberate several hundred hostages at Kumahe and kill 100 insurgents. A news item on NTA newsbar says the Nigerian-Army liberated over 1800 hostages held by boko-haram, killed 182insurgents. The Cameroonians claim it’s a joint effort with the Nigerian-Army. Whose account is true here, to be believed? After the NA’s told us it’d liberated every territory held by boko-haram, how did the same manage to keep these hostages and where?

    Everyone can see-through these lies, and it’s unfortunate coming from the administration of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, former military officer/commander who’s carved a niche for himself ruling the country from foreign trips and hasn’t thought of using even one minute of all the time he’s gallivanting/hobnobbing abroad to visit military operation sites to ascertain things for himself, encourage the boys on the job/reassure Nigerians of restoration of peace/security. Instead he keys into the age-old swindling trick of open-ended security budget perpetuating endemic corruption.

    Using Cameroon? Too bad! A willing accomplice. US military advisers? No. They haven’t succeeded elsewhere; shouldn’t experiment with Nigeria. All we need from USA’s equipment. Deduce that all these lies of liberation by the armies say one thing: these armies’re the boko haram! There’s none other.

    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    February 27, 2016 10:33 PM
    IS, boko haram, al shabab, taliban are all part of the same international criminal organization, and they claim they want a strict islamic state. What a complete lie! They slaughter innocent civilians, bury people alive, pay killers to do their dirty work, sell drugs, rape children. They must and will be totally annihilated. No prisoners, no courts, annihilation!

    by: Alice from: Canada
    February 27, 2016 9:10 PM
    "...Boko Haram Islamists, who say they want to create a strict Islamic state in northern Nigeria." Boko Haram is part of ISIL and ISIL is committed to creating a World Wide Caliphate with itself in charge. ISIL and its Boko Haram branch is a deranged death cult and nothing else.

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