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2 Boko Haram Terrorists Killed In Tourou, Far North Cameroon

Similar to a 2014 and 2015 pattern, Boko Haram are starting to execute daily attacks in parts of Cameroon but have been repelled so far.

Two Boko Haram terrorists were killed in a gunfire exchange between fighters of the insurgent group and the Cameroon army in Tourou, Mayo-Sanaga division, in the Far North region.

According to local sources, the terrorists tried to attack the locality on the night of May 6 to 7, by circumventing the military post in Roum but they were spotted by the village vigilante committee who in turn alerted the army stationed in Roum-Toufou military post.

“The villagers came out massively in support of the soldiers and together they routed the Boko Haram terrorists who were forced to flee,” one of  the local sources revealed.

According to Emmaneul Viziga, president of the vigilante committee of Tourou, two attacks were recorded that night and on both occasions, the Boko Haram fighters were repelled and forced to flee. 

The first attack was at around 9 p.m. on Roum-Toufou.

“The second attack took place after midnight when Boko Haram fighters attacked a quarter in the town. Elements of the 43rd motorized infantry brigade in Dadi-Ldalou were alerted and immediately used mortars to attack from the camp,” the source said.

“The terrorists took flight carrying away foodstuff and some domestic animals as well as any valuables they could lay their hands on.” 

These renewed attacks by Boko Haram on villages bordering Nigeria are reminiscent of 2014 and 2015 when the terrorists attacked almost on a daily basis.

The local populations have suggested that military posts be created in all the zones subjected to rampant Boko Haram attacks.

“While waiting for the creation of the said posts, the military can from time to time also attack Boko Haram hideouts instead of always waiting to be attacked before counter attacking,” a member of the village vigilante committee suggested.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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