Monday, December 29, 2014

Cameroon air force bombs Boko Haram positions

Cameroon's air force for the first time, on Sunday bombed Boko Haram positions in the far north of the country after the jihadists seized a military camp.

Sunday's air strike which forced the terrorists to flee the camp at Assighasia, was personally ordered by President Paul Biya, Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement late Sunday.

"Fighter planes went into action for the first time since the start of the conflict" on Cameroon's side of the border, after several months of deadly raids on troops and civilians by Boko Haram, Bakary added.

A Boko Haram squad assaulted the Assighasia camp on Sunday morning and the "Cameroonian defence forces had to withdraw after trying to defend the position", the government statement said.

The air strike marked "a new escalation in the Cameroonian response … to multiple enemy attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group", it said.

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