Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cameroonian troops kill 143 Boko Haram insurgents

Cameroon's army has said it killed 143 Boko Haram fighters, while the government has described it as the biggest defeat it had inflicted to date on the Islamist group.

The government spokesman, Issa Bakary, who made the announcement on Tuesday in Yaoundé, said the insurgents were killed after they attacked a military camp in Kolofata, in the north of Cameroon.

The military initially said that 143 Boko Haram fighters had died in the over five hours of fighting.

Bakary said the battle ended after the army bombed the attackers, forcing them to retreat to the Nigerian border.

"However, Cameroon lost one soldier,'' he said.

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