Cameroonian troops kill 143 Boko Haram militants
Iran Press TV
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:26PM
Cameroon sources say the Central African country's military forces have killed 143 members of the members of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri militant group.
The terrorists were killed on Monday as they mounted an offensive on a military camp in the northern town of Kolofata, located approximately 840 kilometers (521 miles) northeast of the capital, Yaounde, Cameroon's state television CRTV reported on Tuesday.
Cameroonian Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement that the fight lasted five hours. He said a Cameroonian corporal was killed, and four other soldiers were wounded during the gunbattle.
Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the battle ended after the Cameroonian army bombed the attackers, forcing Boko Haram militants to retreat to the Nigerian border.
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.
Last 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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