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3 Cameroonian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack Near Fotokol

Boko Haram terrorists left three Cameroonian soldiers dead in an attack on their duty posts near Gambaru and Woulgo, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Three Cameroonian soldiers were killed Saturday, March 20, in a violent attack by Boko Haram terrorists on their positions situated between the Nigerian towns of Gambaru and Woulgo, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria very close to Fotokol in the Far North Region of Cameroon.

Security sources told HumAngle that the affected soldiers were first-class soldiers Nuetsa Florent, Kamaha Georges and Betcha Tubul.

Nine other soldiers were wounded in the attack. One of them was a Commander identified as Teyou.

In the last few weeks, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the Boko Haram faction led by Yusuf El Barnaoui, has been trying to establish a foothold in the part of Lake Chad on the outskirts of Fotokol and Hile Alfa.

On Tuesday, March 9, about 50 canoes transporting Boko Haram fighters were seen in Tchika, a village in the Hile Alifa subdivision.

Nine days after, on Thursday, March 18, the Boko Haram faction launched an attack on Kangaleri, an outpost in the Mora subdivision of Mayo-Sava division, killing two persons.

The names of the two persons killed were given as Malloum Adji, a member of the local vigilante group, and Ngossaye Aladji. Two other persons were also wounded during the attack and rushed to the Mora Medical Centre of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF).

There was considerable damage to goods and infrastructure, including the razing down of 52 huts, while 80 sheep were taken away during the attack.

Despite the deployment of soldiers of the MJTF in the area, Boko Haram is still very resilient as it has stepped up attacks within the past several weeks leaving death and destruction in its wake.

Since 2014, Boko Haram is reported to have killed more than 2,000 civilians and soldiers and kidnapped over 1000 persons in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Between 1,500 and 2,100 Boko Haram terrorists were also killed during the same period in clashes with the Cameroon forces or local vigilante groups.

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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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