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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
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: Anonymous
June 03, 2014 3:13 PM
Nigeria gov't was sleeping when they were to fight boko haram but if they are yet awake,let them start from their taproot. 08:14pm

by: Anonymous
June 03, 2014 11:54 AM
Nigeria and cameroun gov.should cooperate and send them to cameroun mounting there border and Nigeria troop enter there camp and kill them to rescue the innocent girls.God bless Nigeria and Africa as a

by: Anonymous
June 03, 2014 11:51 AM
Nigeria and cameroun gov.should cooperate and send them to cameroun mounting there border and Nigeria troop enter there camp and kill them to rescue the innocent girls.God bless Nigeria and Africa as a hole.

by: Anonymous from: Nasarawa state
June 03, 2014 8:17 AM
Let pray for God intervention there is hope for nigeria.

by: holla from: ogun
June 03, 2014 5:32 AM
Is only god that can help nigeria to fight against boko haram

by: Limba from: Buea, Cameroon.
June 03, 2014 1:49 AM
This is FAKE declaration. Cameroon negootiates with Boko Haram for the release of hostages.This means they know the hideout or a mediator. What proof do they have to back the declaration?
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by: Anonymous
June 03, 2014 7:45 AM
Limba. You are right. The cameroonians are supporting boko haram killings in Nigerians. So the report was totally FAKE.

by: njume from: london
June 03, 2014 12:40 AM
Thank mr president for peace

by: Esther from: USAes
June 02, 2014 10:07 PM
Together we can fight the battle.Thank you cameroonians.

by: Mutuar from: Camer
June 02, 2014 7:07 PM
Boko.bring your selves to cameroon and die faster so that your anger can rest.....

by: takusi valery from: Bamenda,CAMEROON
June 02, 2014 11:55 AM
its quite amazing that the government of cameroon has adopted militray strategies to fight this i do say that the government should take the fight to their hideout so that they can be stopped from commiting more artrocities
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