Friday, February 12, 2016 3:01 pm
Cameroon soldiers killed at least 27 Boko Haram fighters after launching a cross-border operation in the Nigerian locality of Goshi that also resulted in the death of one soldier, a senior military official said.
At least seven other soldiers were injured in the operation early Thursday, said Gen. Jacob Kodji. The Nigerian Islamic extremist group launched a series of attacks in Cameroon earlier this week, said Kodji.
“At least 27 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Thursday morning’s operation,” said Kodji, commander of Cameroon troops in the area. The soldiers remain on the battle front there, he said.
A report by the newspaper L’oeil du Sahel also said the Cameroonian troops stumbled on a factory where Boko Haram produces explosives. They remain on Nigerian territory. The paper also gave the name of the slain soldier as Captain Yari Emmanuel.
Regional forces from Cameroon and Nigeria have since December 2015 been launching raids on Boko Haram strongholds along their borders, especially around Ashigashiya.
The Islamic militants began attacks across borders in 2014 and stepped them up early last year on neighboring Cameroon and other countries that have supported the Nigerian military’s effort to crush Boko Haram.
In northern Cameroon, officials said two suicide bombers believed to have come from Nigeria on Wednesday killed 10 people and injured 40 attending a wake in a border village. Attacks in Chad and Niger also are blamed on Boko Haram.
Boko Haram’s 6-year-old Islamic insurgency has killed 20,000 people, and displaced 2.5 million people, according to Amnesty International and the United Nations.