Cameroon kills 40 Boko Haram militants

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Report says clashes occurred in the country’s
northeast.
Cameroon’s military killed at least 40 Boko Haram
militants in the country’s northwest weekend, a
government radio reported Sunday, a day after
Nigeria labelled the Central African nation the
weakest link in its fight against the extremist sect.
The clashes leading to the killing occurred in the
town of Kouserri, which borders Nigeria and Chad.
The Nigerian government regards Cameroun as not
cooperative as Niger and Chad in the fight against
Boko Haram.
After a security summit in Paris two weeks ago,
Cameroon said it deployed 1,000 troops to its
border to help contain the increasingly deadly
group.
But Sarkin-Yaki Bello, the Coordinator-General of
Nigeria’s Counter Terrorism Centre, said was
quoted by Reuters news agency, Saturday, as
criticising Cameroon’s effort in rooting Boko
Haram.
“Niger has been proactive and aggressive, Chad
has shown zero tolerance for Boko Haram,” Mr.
Sarkin-Bello said.
“Cameroon, we’ve engaged them to be more pro-
active. They haven’t really. Not yet.”
One Cameroonian official denied the allegation,
while second blamed funding for the country’s
slow response.
Under a pact reached at the Paris summit,
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin- all Nigeria’s
neighbours, are to step up their action against
Boko Haram by maintaining an intelligence sharing
platform, improving border patrols, and
coordinating their actions.
Currently, Niger allows Nigerian soldiers cross into
its borders to pursue Boko Haram militants. A
similar understanding is being worked out with
Chad, but there is none with Cameroon.
Boko Haram has remained under an international
spotlight after abducting more than 200 schoolgirls
from Chibok in Borno State.
The girls remain in captivity as the Nigerian
government, assisted by major world powers, has
failed to rescue them.

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