Boko Haram is seeking to hold territory in northeastern Nigeria. In a recent video, Boko Haram’s leader declared that his jihadists rule over the town of Gwoza as a “state among the Islamic states.” This was widely interpreted to mean an Islamic caliphate, but that does not appear to be the case.
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.
The Nigerian-based terrorist group Boko Haram is continuing its offensive in Nigeria’s north while extending its tentacles into Cameroon, killing civilians on both sides of the border.
Weighing the War Against Boko Haram After an Attack Leaves 31 Cameroonians Dead or Kidnapped
Suspected Boko Haram militants stormed the northern village of Zigague, killing 10 people and kidnapping one more. A report claimed that contrary to rumors, the wife of Vice Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali and other kidnapped members of his family have not been released by Boko Haram.
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President Biya fired two senior army officers in the north after the July 27 Boko Haram attacks in Kolofata in which at least six people were killed and the wife of a deputy minister and the mayor and his family were kidnapped. Some witnesses claimed as many as 50 people were killed in the July […]
Boko Haram Targets Political Figures in String of Attacks
Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali and her maid from Ali’s home in Kolofata, killing at least three people in the attack. The militants also attacked the home of Kolofata’s religious leader and mayor, Seini Boukar Lamine, and kidnapped him as well. A court yesterday sentenced 14 Boko Haram […]
In the far north, near towns like Amchide, across the border from Nigeria’s Borno state, Boko Haram militants are stepping up attacks and residents are fleeing. Cameroonian soldiers killed four Boko Haram fighters in Amchide on July 20. Last week Boko Haram fighters kidnapped two teenage sons of an influential Muslim cleric in Limani, and […]
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Living in ‘total fear’ of Boko Haram in Cameroon’s north
In its biggest-yet single day operation, the military raided the Central Market in Maroua and arrested 40 suspected Boko Haram fighters. Security forces closed off the market, where Boko Haram is said to be hiding weapons for use in Nigeria. Authorities are stepping up security measures to counter the terror group’s expansion in Cameroon.
The military discovered a cache of Boko Haram weapons buried in the northern village of Blangoa on June 18, including “35 war weapons, 31 cartridges and 1,218 bullets,” and arrested a Chadian man suspected of smuggling arms to the terror group. On June 10, over 300 heavily armed Boko Haram fighters attacked Gorsi Tourou in […]
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Bullets in the classroom: Cameroon students caught in Boko Haram crossfire
State media claimed that Cameroonian forces killed 40 Boko Haram militants yesterday in clashes west of Kousseri, near the borders with Nigeria and Chad. Two Italian nuns and a priest kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in Maroua on April 4 and held in Cameroon have been released.
Cameroon weakest link in fight against Boko Haram: Nigeria
Boko Haram is said to have increased operations in Cameroon. On May 5, Boko Haram attacked gendarmes in the far northern city of Kousseri, killing three, including a woman. Some 200 Cameroonians are reportedly training in Boko Haram camps in Nigeria. Residents of Gamboru in Nigeria who fled a Boko Haram attack chose to stay […]
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Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram recruitment
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 […]
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 […]
Women’s harrowing tale of escape from Boko Haram
Nigerian army losing grip on northeast as Islamists rampage
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 […]
Nigeria, Cameroon may clash over Boko Haram