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Nigeria troops cross into north Cameroon

By on August 26, 2014

Around 500 Nigerian soldiers crossed into Cameroon after Boko Haram militants operating along the border between the two nations attacked a military base and police station, authorities in Cameroon said on Tuesday.

The soldiers crossed to the Cameroon town of Fotokol in the Far-North region after fighting broke out when the Islamist militants attacked a base and police station in Gamboru in neighbouring northeastern Nigeria.

Cameroon Ministry of Defence spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Didier Badjeck said Cameroon’s forces beat back the Boko Haram attack, and he appealed for fresh troops to help stabilize the border region.

“The battle went on for a long time until the Boko Haram elements came face-to-face in the afternoon with Cameroonian soldiers deployed to the region. Our troops killed many of them … and succeeded in repulsing them,” Badjeck said.

Nigeria’s Defence Ministry spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said the troops charged across the border in a tactical manoeuvre during a sustained battle with the militants. The troops were on the way back to rejoin their unit, he said, adding that Nigeria’s defence forces had also repelled an attack by Boko Haram at Gamboru.

Boko Haram has killed hundreds of people this year, mostly in northeastern Nigeria, and it has staged bombings across the country. It has also abducted 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in april.

In recent weeks it has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon, leading Cameroon to increase its deployment of troops to its northern region, joining international efforts to combat the militants.

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