Troops of the Central African country on Wednesday killed at least 20 Boko Haram militants during a raid in northern Nigeria carried out by a multinational force tasked with stamping out the Islamist fighters, report says.
Cameroon Commander General Jacob Kodji said the Islamist fighters were killed in the Nigerian town of Djibrila, which is about 10km (six miles) from the Cameroon border. A spokesman for Cameroon’s Defence Ministry, Colonel Didier Badjeck, said 12 hostages were freed and munitions and armoured vehicles were seized during the operation.
Boko Haram wants to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria and has waged a seven-year campaign of violence to that end, killing thousands of people and displacing two million others. Boko Haram is thought to have killed around 15,000 people, according to U.S. military figures.
Along with Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin, Cameroun has contributed troops to an 8,700-strong regional task force dedicated to fighting the group.
Source: All Africa