The Cameroonian army announced this Sunday, July 26 that it had killed five fighters from the jihadist group Boko Haram the day before in Gouzda-Vreket, a village near the Nigerian border.
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" On July 25, a team from the commando of our Defense Forces (...) had a violent clash with the Boko Haram terrorists ", declared the spokesman of the army, Commander Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo in a statement sent to AFP on Sunday.
The report shows " five terrorists neutralized," 4 assault rifles recovered " , as well as ammunition and logistical equipment seized. No soldier was killed during this clash.
52 attacks in June alone
Born in northeast Nigeria in 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency has gradually spread to its Cameroonian, Nigerian and Chadian neighbors, particularly in the Lake Chad region, located on the border between these four countries. In 2016, the group split into two branches: the historic faction, led by Abubakar Shekau, and Iswap, affiliated with the Islamic State (IS). The Far North of Cameroon, south of the lake, is one of the poorest regions in the world. Rather, it is the target of attacks sponsored by the historic faction of Boko Haram.
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The North of Lake Chad, straddling Chad and Niger, is rather the haunt of ISWAP. In recent months, few clashes between the Cameroonian army and the jihadist group have been reported. However, a multitude of small attacks against civilians in the villages, with thefts of cattle and food, took place. Last June, 52 attacks against civilians were recorded in this region, according to the United Nations.
Since 2015, the four countries bordering Lake Chad have been fighting against these jihadist groups within a Joint Multinational Force (FMM). But in recent months, its effectiveness has been increasingly discussed. Attacks continue in all of the FMM countries. Chad launched a major military operation in March, claiming to have driven Boko Haram from its territory. But in early July, at least eight of its soldiers perished in an attack on its soil.
The northwest of Nigeria is also, ten years after the start of the insurgency, still scarred by the attacks. More than 36,000 people have been killed there since 2009, and more than two million people still cannot return to their homes.
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