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Cameroon: soldier killed and several others injured in Boko Haram attack


AA / Yaoundé / Peter Kum

Boko Haram carried out an attack on the military post in Afade in Logon-et-Chari, near the border with Nigeria, a region where Boko Haram attacks are frequent, on Saturday evening in the Far North of Cameroon, a we learned from a regional source on Sunday.

“In the night from Saturday to Sunday around 2 a.m. (local time), a horde of heavily armed terrorists from the Boko Haram sect, and aboard several light tactical vehicles, attacked the army command post located in the locality of Afade. There is a soldier who fell on the battlefield and several others were wounded, ”the governor of the region, Bakari Midjiyawa, told the agency.

“The military post and an army vehicle were set on fire. Weapons and ammunition were taken away by the terrorists. About ten members of Boko Haram were killed and the others retreated to neighboring Nigeria, ”he continued.

According to the governor, the toll could have been heavier, if the elements of the army were not on alert.

It is “for several weeks that these terrorists target our military posts, the troops remain on maximum alert throughout the region of the extreme North and beyond the borders in order to prevent possible new assaults of the terrorist hydra Boko Haram. which seems to have recovered from the hair of the beast following the internal restructuring of its ideology, ”he added.

The Far North of Cameroon, very close to the Nigerian border, is regularly the scene of attacks by this terrorist group from northeastern Nigeria.

At least ten soldiers have been killed in the past two weeks in Boko Haram attacks on army installations in the Far North.

Members of Boko Haram and its dissident branch, the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group, have increased deadly attacks against security forces and civilians in this part of Cameroon and in neighboring regions in recent years. of the three neighboring countries, Nigeria, Niger and Chad.

The Boko Haram rebellion erupted in 2009 in northeast Nigeria before spreading to neighboring countries. Since then, more than 36,000 people (mainly in Nigeria) have been killed, and 3 million have had to flee their homes, according to the UN.

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