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10,000 Cameroonians have fled toward the interior of the country as Boko Haram has begun conducting attacks on the western border. A lack of agreement between Nigeria and Cameroon is frustrating efforts for the two countries to conduct joint operations against the jihadist group. Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary has called for international support to fight Boko Haram.
Boko Haram attacked the village of Mabass in northern Cameroon on Jan. 18, destroying 80 houses and kidnapping between 20 and 80 people. The hostages were subsequently freed as Cameroonian "defence forces pursued the attackers who were heading back to Nigeria."
The army claimed to have killed 143 Boko Haram fighters among a group of "several hundred" yesterday who had attacked the Kolofata base near the Nigerian border. The military also reported that one of its officers was killed and four soldiers were wounded in the battle. Communications Minister Bakary said it was the largest loss so far for Boko Haram in the country.
Police intercepted a female suicide bomber earlier this week before she could blow herself up in Dimako, in the eastern department of Haut-Nyong. In a video posted online on Jan. 5, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatened Cameroon and President Paul Biya.
The Cameroonian Air Force launched two airstrikes today against Boko Haram fighters who had taken over a military camp in Assighasia, killing several fighters and sending the rest fleeing. The Cameroonian operation against the Boko Haram fighters is still underway. On Dec. 26, the military reportedly killed 100 Boko Haram fighters and arrested 200 more after the terrorists attacked and burned villages in the far north and killed at least 23 civilians.
President Biya announced that 27 hostages kidnapped by Boko Haram months ago, including 10 Chinese workers and the wife of the deputy prime minister, were released to Cameroonian authorities. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed Nigerian refugee camps in Kereomafa, across the border from Borno state, killing "many" refugees and seizing women; the attackers are said to be still nearby.
The government claimed to have killed over 100 Boko Haram fighters who were attempting to enter the country on Sept. 6 and repelled others back into the Nigerian town of Gamboru Ngala. Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said that two of the slain Boko Haram fighters were Tuaregs. Some schools in Cameroon near the Nigerian border have closed due to the threat of Boko Haram attacks.
Cameroon sealed its border with Nigeria, reportedly due to fears of the Ebola virus. Boko Haram has twice destroyed the major bridge connecting the two countries. Residents and government employees are fleeing the border areas for fear of Boko Haram.