According to reports by Agence France Press (AFP), the Cameroon army last Saturday killed more than 100 fighters of the Nigerian Islamic sect, Boko Haram in a counter offensive action.
On Monday September 8, 2014, the Cameroonian government said its soldiers killed more than 100″ Boko Haram fighters during an attempted incursion into Cameroonian territory.
According to Cameroon Government Spokesman and Minister of Communication; Issa Tchiroma Bakary, in a statement read out on state radio, the clashes took place on Saturday September 6, in the north of the country. In his statement, the Minister explained that Boko Haram militants fired two shells in to the town of Fotokol in Cameroon’s northern tip, on the border with Nigeria, at around 1:00 pm (1200 GMT) on Saturday. Luckily there were no casualties on the Cameroonian side after the attack.
It is reported that the Cameroonian Defence forces responded vigorously with mortar fire aimed at Boko Haram positions. According to the Communications Minister, the Cameroonian army has dealt “a severe setback” to Boko Haram, forcing Boko Haram closer to the Nigerian border town of Gamboru Ngala, which Boko Haram seized over a week ago.
It should be noted that Gamboru Ngala is separated from Cameroon’s town of Fotokol by just a bridge. Till date, there has been Mass exodus of Nigerians fleeing from Boko Haram into Cameroon.
The Cameroon army is considered one of the most disciplined and fierce in both West and Central Africa. The addition in recent years of the infamous “Rapid Intervention Brigade” popularly known by its French acronym “BIR”; for Brigade d’Intervention Rapide, brings in a new very specialized command unit, to tackle situations that threaten the peace of the country.
The emergence of Boko Haram and its threat to Cameroon has caused the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of Cameroon Armed Forces, H.E Paul Biya to reorganize the army, creating new command posts and appointing new Military commanders in the North of the country.
Cameroon Government has adopted a no-nonsense approach in tackling the Boko Haram threat. This was seen in the past when some military commanders were dismissed after Boko Haram attacked, killed and kidnapped a few Cameroonians.