Disturbing questions in Cameroon after Boko Haram killed 5 soldiers overnight Updated for 2021


Updated: February 28, 2021

Cameroonians were asking themselves just two questions on Tuesday: How and why? How and why did Boko Haram terrorists launch a surprising attack that left five soldiers dead last night, just hours after the same soldiers killed scores of Boko Haram fighters elsewhere?

Boko Haram terrorists killed at least five Cameroonian soldiers on Monday night, in one of the bloodiest attacks against security forces in the African country. The bloody confrontations took place in the town of Sagme in Fotokol, Cameroon’s far north, reported local newspsper, L’Oeil du Sahel. Fotokol is located around the Nigerian-Cameroonian border.
But as reported by L’Oeil du Sahel, the Cameroonian soldiers who were killed had just eliminated many Boko Haram fighters near Lake Chad and were back to their base.

It was while they were there in their safe zone that they came under bullets. At least five soldiers were dead within minutes. Many are wondering whether Boko Haram has infiltrated the army.


The newspaper published the picture of Joly Nkomo and described him as one of the five soldiers killed by Boko Haram on Monday night.

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The late Joly Nkomo, Cameroonian soldier killed by Boko Haram on March 2, 2018. Photo: L’Oeil du Sahel.

Boko Haram has been waging a bloody war in Cameroon since 2014 and in Nigeria since 2009. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions have been displaced. Thousands of schools remain shut.

Ahmadou Walidjo Bola

The militants say western education and way of life are evil, and are trying to create a caliphate around the Lake Chad Basin where only pure Islam would be practiced.

But many believe the real reason is oil, not religion.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


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