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5 Cameroonian soldiers slain in Boko Haram attacks

Iran Press TV

Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:23PM GMT

Five Cameroonian soldiers have been killed when members of Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri militant group carried out separate attacks in the Central African country.

On Tuesday, two soldiers were killed and two others sustained injuries when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb planted by Boko Haram militants in the violence-plagued Far North region.

Separately, a Cameroonian police officer was killed when Boko Haram terrorists attacked a police station in Double, which is a locality on the border with Nigeria.

The attacks come a day after two soldiers were killed in an ambush.

'Fending off a Boko Haram attack in the locality of Shogori [village], our defense forces killed 34 members of the terrorist group and destroyed two fighter jeeps belonging to Boko Haram,' Cameroon's Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said on Monday.

Cameroon launched airstrikes against Boko Haram on December 28, after nearly 1,000 Boko Haram militants assaulted a military camp located near the northern border. The Cameroon troops were forced to flee. The base was retaken by Cameroon military later.

In May, Cameroon's President Paul Biya declared war on Boko Haram. Since then, thousands of Cameroonian troops have been deployed to defend the Far North Region.

Cameroon Defense Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo'o recently told the country's parliament that in the next two years around 20,000 soldiers will be recruited to reinforce the country's armed forces against militants.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden," aims to overthrow the government in Nigeria.

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