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Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped two Italian priests and an elderly Canadian nun in the Maroua district of northern Cameroon near the Nigerian border. The Nigerian military recently confirmed that it is working jointly with Cameroon in efforts against the terrorist group. Mining Minister Mbonde said Cameroon is deploying more border staff to address the increasing flow of "blood diamonds" used to fund armed groups in the Central African Republic.
Nigerian military authorities said at least 288 rifles, 35 rocket-propelled guns, and 35 homemade IEDs, as well as over 50 Cameroonian passports and a jeep, were confiscated after a clash in Abugasse near the border with Chad. The large cache was seized following the arrest of two suspected Boko Haram arms traffickers. Cameroonian authorities arrested three men in the far north on March 26 who are suspected moving weapons for Boko Haram from Chad into Nigeria; a large quantity of weapons was seized, including multiple round rifle and rocket launchers.
Some 30 suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a village in Cameroon on March 2; Cameroonian forces killed six militants and captured two more near the Nigerian border. One Cameroonian soldier was killed during the clash. The US State Department yesterday offered to provide Cameroon with continued US security assistance in the form of training and technical support.
A Cameroonian security source said the government released a senior Boko Haram leader in exchange for French priest Georges Vandenbeusch. Seven people were killed in a clash between Cameroonian military and gunmen from the Central African Republic.
A French Catholic priest kidnapped by Boko Haram has been released. In a statement, French President Francois Hollande highlighted the "personal involvement" of his Cameroonian counterpart, President Paul Biya.
Nigeria is negotiating a security agreement that would allow its troops to cross into Cameroon if they are pursuing Boko Haram. A rapid response military unit has been deployed to the border with Nigeria, and border controls have been tightened.
A French priest was kidnapped by gunmen in Koza, near the Nigerian border. The suspected Boko Haram militants burst into the church, then marched the priest through the village and took him away with them on motorbikes in the direction of Nigeria.