The Cameroonian government has said its
soldiers had killed “over 100” Boko Haram fighters
during an attempted incursion by the Nigeria-
based fighters into its territory.
The Cameroonian army has dealt “a severe
setback” to Boko Haram, government spokesman
Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement read
out on state radio on Monday, adding that the
clashes took place in the north of the country on
It was not immediately possible to independently
verify the information.
According to the government statement, Boko
Haram fighters fired two shells on the town of
Fotokol in Cameroon’s northern tip, on the border
with Nigeria, at around 1:00 pm (1200 GMT) on
“There were no casualties reported on the
Cameroonian side after the attack,” the statement
“Our defence forces responded vigorously with
mortar fire aimed at the positions held by units of
the Boko Haram terrorist group that was behind
“The Cameroonian response resulted in over 100
deaths among the aggressors,” it said, adding
that the fighters were forced closer back to the
Nigerian border town of Gamboru Ngala, which
Boko Haram seized over a week ago.
Gamboru Ngala is separated from Cameroon’s
town of Fotokol by just a bridge.
In recent days, residents from towns in Nigeria’s
northeast captured by Boko Haram have been
fleeing across the border to Cameroon to escape atrocities by the armed group.
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