The Cameroonian army, angered by Boko Haram deadly suicide bombings and gun attacks inside Cameroon on Tuesday and Wednesday, crossed into the Nigerian territory on Thursday morning and killed at least 27 terrorists.
Boko Haram also killed one soldier during the confrontations in the northern Nigerian locality of Goshi, said local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel.
Two vehicles were destroyed by the army while arms and ammunition were recovered as well as motorcycles used by Boko Haram killers to wreak havoc in the Lake Chad Basin.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria in recent weeks, killing hundreds of people, burning women and children alive and sending many others away from their homes, even as the Nigerian government claimed that the terrorists have been decimated.
On Wednesday, Boko Haram attacked a funeral in Nguetchewe locality in Cameroon’s far north, killing at least nine mourners. At least seven people were also murdered in Cameroon on Tuesday night and three churches were set on fire in the same region.
In Nigeria, Boko Haram suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Dikwa, Borno state, killing 58 people and injuring 78, the government said in a statement on Wednesday with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, promising hell to the terrorists.
In seven years, Boko Haram has killed more than 25,000 people in Nigeria, and over 1200 in Cameroon since 2013, including 67 soldiers.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has vowed many times that the military will crush the terrorists within months but with the killings and bombings continuing, many are wondering if the 83-year old leader who has been in power for 33 years still has anything to offer to a country bent by poverty and gargantuan corruption, and now by terrorism.
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