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Cameroon troops clash with fleeing Boko Haram fighters

Published on February 4, 2015 by   ·   7 Comments
Cameroun soldiers patrol in Amchide

Cameroun soldiers patrol in Amchide

Cameroon soldiers clashed with Boko Haram fighters in the border town of Fotokol on Wednesday as the Islamists fled an offensive by Chad’s army, security sources said.

The Islamists “entered this morning,” a Cameroonian security source said, after Chadian troops recaptured the Nigerian town of Gamboru just across the border. “Fighting between them and our soldiers is really intense.”

In a deserted Gamboru, Chadian forces carried out clean-up operations after entering the town on Tuesday and retaking it from Boko Haram, which seized control months ago.

“When the Chadians entered Gamboru, the Boko Haram members who were in the town and some villages fled to meet up this morning in Fotokol,” the security source said.

While a bridge separates Fotokol from Gamboru, it is possible to also cross over from surrounding villages.

Chadian jet fighters had also bombed Gamboru before its troops entered.

The regional military efforts have highlighted the failure of Nigeria’s army to stop the six-year Boko Haram insurgency.

Nigeria’s military said on Tuesday the country’s sovereignty was not compromised despite the presence of Chadian ground troops and claimed to be “driving the present onslaught”.

The offensive comes at a crucial moment, with Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections set for February 14.

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7 Comments for “Cameroon troops clash with fleeing Boko Haram fighters”

  1. Debo

    I hope the Nigerian PR machine would go on the media with their winning propaganda and taking glory for a job they failed to do.Nigeria has been reduced to a laughing stock in the international scene.
    What is taking Nigeria 6 years to sort out is what what the Chadian Army is achieving in less than a week.Who says corruption has not eaten deep into the fabrics of all facets of the once ” Giant of Africa” called Nigeria.

  2. drakester

    Some of you simply lack knowledge.
    It is taking them 1 week to do right?
    where do the insurgents run into when pursued by Nigerian soldiers and who gives them safe havens to operate from?

  3. Angry Nigerian

    Its either the Naigbours come to the rescue of Nigerians or get ready for Tens of Millions of refugees when BH eventually takes over the Country.
    Two things is what finished the Nigerian State, Corruption and a Very inept and weak Leader.

  4. ADEYEMI GBADEGESIN

    LET JONATHAN APOLNGISTS JUSTIFY THIS NATIONAL DISGRACE AND EMBARRASSMENT.WHY SHOULD JONATHAN GET ANOTHER FOUR YEARS.SO,THAT THE HUMILIATION MAY CONTINUE?LET THEM SPEAK OUT.

  5. DAVIDDEE

    I am in my fifties, and never has my beloved country, NIGERIA being this humiliated. Those looking up to us are now showing us that what we cannot do because we have a wrong person in power, is just a rehearsal for them.

    I used to be proud of my nationality until lately. WE SINCERELY NEED THIS CHANGE BADDLY, BEFORE A SMALL COUNTRY LIKE ” SAO TOME” WILL COME ANF TAKE US OVER.

  6. Jack

    @Debo,Nigerians are the most ungrateful elements on earth.The President has now successfully formed an allied forces under Multinational Joint task force, which the Nigeria army is controlling the command structures. The aim is to eliminate Boko haram without sponsors of boko haram shoutin genocide against the North.

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