By Simon Ateba/Lagos
At least six Cameroonian soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram following an attack in the country’s far north on Monday night. Those killed included an army captain.
The attack, in the village of Darak also killed the head of the vigilance group in the area, said Cameroonian newspaper L’Oeil du Sahel.
The newspaper reported on Tuesday morning that the Cameroonian army was after the Nigeria-based terrorists who have killed more than 1500 people in Cameroon since 2013 and over 25, 000 in neighbouring Nigeria since 2009.
It said another attack just 15 kilometres from the famous Waza Park took place last night and many houses had been set ablaze.
There has been an increase of attacks in Cameroon in recent weeks with suicide and bomb attacks reported virtually every day.
On Monday night, a female suicide bomber wearing nine explosives was gunned down by the army after she penetrated the internally displaced persons camp in Kolofata, an area in Cameroon’s far north very close to the Nigerian border..
That incident happened at about 7pm, L’Oeil du Sahel said, adding that the undetonated explosives have been safely taken care of.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria claimed victory over Boko Haram a year ago in December 2015, but since then, thousands have been killed while hundreds of houses have been set on fire in Nigeria and Cameroon.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon, who has been in power for more than three decades spends more time abroad than in his country.
He has never visited the war zone even once since his country came under attack but vowed last year to defeat the terrorists who have pledged allegiance to ISIS.
However, things have continued to worsen and hundreds of thousands have been displaced abandoning their houses and all means of livelihood and wondering when, or even if, it will one day come to an end.