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National mourning day in Cameroon after 17 soldiers killed by Boko Haram

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA L.L.C. based in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. His twitter handle is @simonateba and his email is simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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President Paul Biya of Cameroon announced on Monday that Cameroon would on Friday June 21 mourn 17 soldiers killed by Boko Haram in the night of June 9-10 in the country’s far north.

Flags will fly at half mast throughout Cameroon, Mr. Biya said in a statement and tweet.

The soldiers were killed following an attack against them in Darak in the Logone and Chari Department in Cameroon’s far north along the border with Nigeria by Boko Haram, the President said.

In Nigeria, more than 30 people were killed on Sunday in Borno State following a tripple suicide bombing by suspected Boko Haram killers.

The attacks at a tea hall where villagers had gathered to watch soccer on a big screen, were carried out by two men and a woman in the village of Konduga about 15 miles from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state.

In a statement on Monday evening, President Buhari commiserated with families of the victims and sent condolences to the government of Borno.

President Buhari decried the heinous acts, stressing that perpetrators of evil acts have judgment awaiting them, not only from man, via the long arms of the law, but also from God Almighty.

He urged security agents to sustain surveillance in all theatres of security challenges in the country, taking into consideration the unconventional methods deployed by terrorists to harm innocent and unsuspecting victims.

The President commended the efforts of emergency response workers and humanitarian organizations.

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