The Islamic State West Africa (formerly known as Boko Haram) has utilized dozens of women and girls as suicide bombers over the last two years.
The suspected Boko Haram attacks in both Niger and Chad continue to demonstrate that the jihadist group is a threat to regional stability and not just Nigeria.
Nigerian, Cameroon troops oust Boko Haram from town, village
Boko Haram has attacked Niger for the first time. Fierce counterattacks by Chadian and Nigerian forces reportedly killed over 100 Boko Haram fighters. A Chadian general was also wounded in the battle.
Chadian forces crossed the border and stormed several towns held by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. Fierce fighting has reportedly killed hundreds of insurgents over the past week. Battles continue in several strategic towns in the Lake Chad area.
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 […]
Mistrust between Nigeria, Cameroon stalls fight against 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.”