Boko Haram in military base attack

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Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Suspected Boko Haram extremists have attacked a Cameroonian military base near the border with Nigeria, killing at least five soldiers, an army spokesman said.

Colonel Joseph Nouma said hundreds of the militants escaped back to Nigeria after looting scores of homes in the area and setting fire to them. Eight wounded Cameroonian soldiers were taken to a military hospital in the capital Yaounde, he said.

The renewed cross-border violence came as heads of states from Central African countries were ending a meeting in Yaounde to plan the creation of a joint military response to the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram.

The 10 member states announced they had contributed more than 50% of the £65 million they believe is needed to fight Boko Haram. They called on Nigeria to co-operate by allowing the multinational joint task force to attack Boko Haram in its strongholds in Nigeria.

The Nigeria-based extremist group has fought a five-year insurgency against the government there, and recently began stepping up its attacks against neighbouring countries after Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed to contribute troops towards a regional military effort.

The violence has forced 157,000 people to seek refuge in Niger, while 40,000 others have gone to Cameroon and 17,000 are in Chad, the UN said. Almost a million Nigerians are internally displaced, according to the country’s own statistics.

Published: Tuesday 17th February 2015 by The News Editor

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