Cameroon Says 143 Boko Haram Militants Killed Near Nigeria’s Border

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Cameroon’s government says 143 Boko Haram militants were killed when it raided a military camp in Kolofata, North of the country.

Over 150 Boko Haram Insurgents had attacked a Cameroonian military camp in Kolofata after crossing the Nigerian border.

According to Cameroonian Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the fight lasted five hours and left 143 of the militants dead,

“It is by far the heaviest toll sustained by the criminal sect Boko Haram since it began launching its barbaric attacks against our land, people and goods,” he said.
He said a Cameroonian corporal was killed and four other soldiers were wounded, but gave no other details.

Neighbouring countries increasingly are being drawn into Nigeria’s five-year Islamic uprising, which has killed thousands and driven 1.6 million people from their homes, including across borders into Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Boko Haram has been recruiting fighters in all three countries. The group also recently issued a video threatening Cameroonian President Paul Biya.

The Cameroonian government has stepped up its offensive, launching air strikes late last month after the militants stormed a military base.