Boko Haram Islamists attacked Chadian soldiers on Tuesday, killing 11 and wounding 13 in a raid near Lake Chad, a Chadian security source has said.
The source said 17 Boko Haram fighters also died in the fighting following the pre-dawn strike.
“Boko Haram members attacked our positions at 4:30 am (0330 GMT) in Kaiga Ngouboua about two kilometres (about a mile) from the Nigerian border,” the source said.“This surprise attack claimed the lives of 11 soldiers and wounded 13 (and) 17 Boko Haram fighters were killed.”
“The attackers were pushed back and the army is continuing search operations in the zone.”
Chad has joined a regional military alliance, alongside Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria, to fight Boko Haram, which has waged a bloody insurgency since 2009 marked by mass abductions, village massacres and suicide bombings by women and teenagers. Read More →
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Reuters – About 10 people were killed and 100 wounded on Thursday when a bomb went off near an army camp in northern Cameroon, where soldiers are battling Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria, army and police sources said.
Another blast hit a market.
The attacks targeted Kerawa, a town in the Far North region that was the scene of clashes between Boko Haram militants and government soldiers in February.
“For the moment there are around 10 dead and about 100 wounded in the attack near the camp. We’re still awaiting a report from our teams on the bombing at the market,” a senior army officer based in northern Cameroon said.
A police official in town told Reuters the same figure, while a local government official gave a provisional toll of six dead and 87 wounded. Read More →
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Tobi Soniyi and Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
. Donors redeem N23bn pledge to Victims Support Fund
. President orders release of FG’s N5bn contribution
. Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri Market, kills 6
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday said that with the formation of a stronger regional military coalition, Nigeria and neighbouring countries now have an increased capacity to deal effectively with Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.
Also Friday, the Boko Haram Victims Support Fund headed by Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma disclosed that donors have now redeemed about N23 billion of their pledges. Buhari on his part ordered the immediate release of federal government’s N5 billion pledge to the fund.
Speaking at an audience with Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, Buhari reaffirmed his belief that the full activation and deployment of the Multi National Joint Task Force established under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission will lead to the speedy defeat and elimination of Boko Haram. Read More →
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The United States on Friday condemned Boko Haram suicide attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria as “horrific and indiscriminate” and deplored the militant group’s use of children as bombers.
Multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in Gombe killed 37 people on Wednesday, while two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people in northern Cameroon.
The U.S “strongly condemns the horrific and indiscriminate suicide attacks,” the State Department said. Read More →
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Posted By: Rotimi FADEYI
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government would only negotiate with the Boko Haram sect from a position of strength and not of weakness.
Buhari had in his inaugural speech on May 29 said priority of his government was to tackle the sect and put an end to insurgency in the country.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement issued yesterday said the government would not be averse to negotiation with the sect.
According to him, most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table. Read More →
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja accepted an invitation from President Paul Biya to visit Cameroon at his earliest convenience for talks on the intensification of cooperation between Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the war against Boko Haram and terrorism.
Receiving the invitation from Mr. Sadi Rene Emmanuel, the Cameroonian Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, President Buhari said that he will visit Cameroon for the high-level talks after the end of the Ramadan fast.
President Buhari, who said that he was putting his experience as a former soldier to good use in the war against Boko Haram, re-emphasized that greater regional and international cooperation was needed to end the atrocities of the terrorist group. Read More →
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Boko Haram fighters have amassed in the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold in northeast Nigeria, as a military offensive tries to flush them out, a civilian vigilante told AFP on Thursday.
But soldiers were forced to retreat because of the extensive use of landmines in the area, one of which exploded killing a soldier and three vigilantes. Read More →
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