Cameroon‘s air power has bombed Boko Haram positions in the a long way north of the united states of america for the primary time after the jihadists seized a military camp, the government announced.
President Paul Biya in my view ordered Sunday’s air strike, which forced the Boko Haram insurgents from neighbouring Nigeria to flee the camp at Assighasia, Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary stated in a remark late Sunday.
“Fighter planes went into motion for the first time since the start of the struggle” on Cameroon‘s facet of the border, after a couple of months of lethal raids on troops and civilians by way of Boko Haram, Bakary brought.
The extremists of Boko Haram, which roughly means “Western schooling is forbidden”, have transform a deadly force to be reckoned with because 2009 in northern Nigeria and have made raids into neighbouring Cameroon.
Boko Haram techniques include massacres of civilians on all sides of the frontier, the razing of villages, large-scale kidnappings and, most just lately, direct assaults on Cameroonian troops.
A Boko Haram squad assaulted the Assighasia camp on Sunday morning and the “Cameroonian defence forces needed to withdraw after looking to defend the position”, the government commentary said.
The air strike marked “a new escalation in the Cameroonian response … to multiple enemy attacks by way of the Boko Haram terrorist staff”, it mentioned.