Boko Haram militants strike in Cameroon: Army

YAOUNDE/ABUJA. — Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least 10 people in overnight attacks on two villages in neighbouring northern Cameroon, two senior army sources told Reuters yesterday.

Soldiers from Nigeria, alongside troops from neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon, have driven Boko Haram out of many border areas seized by the group this year and this was the first attack reported in Cameroon in weeks.

“There were consecutive attacks by Boko Haram in Bia and Blaberi in the district of Kolofata in the early morning,” said one Cameroonian officer, who asked not to be named.

He said the militants had fled across the nearby border into Nigeria by the time the army arrived. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in its six-year bid to carve out an Islamist state in northeast Nigeria and has stepped up attacks in neighbouring countries over the past year. Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, who beat Goodluck Jonathan in an election in late March, has vowed to crush the group and try to find more than 200 schoolgirls it kidnapped a year ago.

Meanwhile, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday told the United Nations that his country would not need the help of an international force in the fight against Boko Haram.

The outgoing leader said in a statement that he wanted the UN to focus instead on helping to rebuild communities and assist those affected by the six-year Islamist insurgency.

Jonathan made the remarks after meeting with the special representatives of the UN secretary-general for west and central Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and Abdoulaye Bathily, the statement said. The UN refugee agency has said that 1,5 million people have been displaced by Boko Haram violence in northern Nigeria, while more than 13 000 people have been killed. — Reuters/AFP.