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    Cameroon's Military Kills 60 Boko Haram Members

    Map of Cameroon
    Map of Cameroon
    Cameroon's state radio reports that the military has killed at least 60 Boko Haram members who crossed over from Nigeria seeking refuge.  

    According to the national radio, the heavily-armed militants, reportedly killed in the village of Dabanga in far northern Cameroon, crossed over from Borno State in Nigeria. They were then ambushed by Cameroonian soldiers the report said.
     
    Boko Haram
     
    • Based in the northeastern city of Maiduguri
    • Self-proclaimed leader is Abubakar Shekau
    • Began in 2002 as a non-violent Islamist splinter group
    • Launched uprising in 2009
    • Has killed thousands since 2010
    • Boko Haram translates to "Western education is sinful"
    • Wants Nigeria to adopt strict Islamic law
    Fonka Awah, the governor of the far north region of Cameroon, said his office had received information that some Boko Haram members might be hiding in Cameroonian villages, and asked for specialized troops to be deployed.

    He told VOA that the military had done a good job.

    "Of course yes, without mincing words, after such a situation you reassemble the forces and map out strategies, you galvanize them and put them back into action and I think that is what we have just done," he said.

    Ebenezer Akanga, a journalist who works with Cameroon's national broadcaster, told VOA in a telephone interview that if the military had carried out similar attacks in the past, Boko Haram would not be using Cameroon as a safe haven.
     
    Dabanga, CameroonDabanga, Cameroon
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    Dabanga, Cameroon
    Dabanga, Cameroon
    A tougher stance

    "The opinion many people have is that from the beginning, the government seemed to have been caressing the Boko Harams, the government did not seem to have been taking this fight very seriously. This is what was expected to be done from the very word 'go.'  In fact, if the military had this type of reaction it would have deterred the Boko Harams from crossing to Cameroonian territory," said Akanga, adding that security forces from Cameroon and Nigeria should work together to eliminate Boko Haram from the two countries.

     "The military has to adopt different strategies because it does not only suffice chasing away the Boko Harams," he said.  "The fight needs to be taken to their backyard.  Even if officially there may not be agreements authorizing the Cameroonian military to cross over into Nigerian territory, I personally think that this fight can not be won by fighting the Boko Haram only in the Cameroonian territory. The fight should be taken to their own camp out there in Nigeria."

    Last month, Nigeria's neighbors Cameroon and Chad both declared war on Boko Haram.  Cameroon has since deployed 2,000 troops along its border with Nigeria.

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    by: Samuel mangege from: Mutengene
    June 08, 2014 3:03 AM
    I love my country cameroon we don't smile with isues like this one. Boko Haram only cameroon soldiers will wipe out you and your unborn generation. Thanks to My president Paul Biya.

    by: Akomandoh from: Northwest,Menchum Wum.
    June 07, 2014 3:32 PM
    That is good and I am proud for the military backup.I pray God most high to guide and protect them

    by: Tchingi Jason from: North West-cameroon
    June 06, 2014 4:06 PM
    Wow! Cameroonians should be proud of thier security,

    by: Kenneth Nde from: Mankon City
    June 06, 2014 4:41 AM
    Bravo Bravo Bravo! ! !
    with such a positive step, citizens feel some security in their blessed fatherland

    by: Anye from: Bamenda
    June 05, 2014 3:07 AM
    congratulations to the Cameroonian military officer that risk their lives in that mission, God bless them.
    cos if something should had happened to them, the government will only help the families in laying rest but will never ever think of the warfare of families, and by so doing, will leave the families stranded, vulnerable and an open recruit to the enemies camp.

    by: Admok from: Lagos
    June 05, 2014 2:56 AM
    Can we see the pictures that backup this news? If not that means it's a big lie.
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    by: Kenneth Nde from: Mankon City
    June 06, 2014 10:58 PM
    i agree totally with you.
    This can possibly be a big blog.

    by: roselina from: kaduna
    June 04, 2014 7:39 PM
    if Cameroon can kill 60 boko ha-ram without any assistance from US intelligent France, china, Israel , and many other countries who are offering help without troop. this mean Cameroon can capture boko haram so i advise president good luck Jonathan to send Cameroonian solders since and Nigeria corrupt soldier are afraid to carry the fight to the battle ground. and let usa france and china isarel go back to there country BECAUSE THEY NEVER CAPTURE OR KILL ANY MEMBER OF BOKO HARAM SINCE THERE PRESENCE OVER 30DAY NOW

    by: michael energy from: oyo
    June 03, 2014 8:25 PM
    Don't fool us are they not having picture

    by: Raul ogene ochuko from: Oyo state
    June 03, 2014 6:41 PM
    It's a good idea if both countries can contribute hand's together to fight those idoit call boko haram.

    by: hezron from: nigeria
    June 03, 2014 3:27 PM
    I that God for the life of cameroon forces for killing 60 of our enemies which they call them self boko haram.nigeria and cameroon and other countries to join hand together and fight this animals. in fact clear them on earth cos what they are doing is not good. I pray that God will open their secret one day. the sponsors and members.
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