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6 Terrorists, 3 Civilians, One Soldier, Die In Boko Attack On Dabanga, Cameroon

Boko Haram terrorists who attacked a town in the Far North region of Cameroon on Saturday were forced to retreat after six of them were killed by Cameroonian soldiers.

Six Boko Haram terrorists, three civilians and one Cameroonian soldier were killed Saturday, March 27, night in an attack by heavily armed Boko Haram fighters on a military camp in Dabanga, Far North Region of Cameroon.

According to eye-witness accounts, the heavily armed assailants arrived in pick-up vehicles and motorbikes as the night was setting in.

“They passed when we were just coming out of prayers. We thought they were our military forces who were on their regular patrol,” Adamou Adoum, a member of the town’s vigilante committee revealed.

“Some youths called our attention to the fact that they were not forces of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, (BIR).” 

“That is how we realised that they were Boko Haram. Everybody ran into his house. It was when we heard gunshots that everybody came out and started fleeing to go hide in the bush,” he added. 

During the attack, the assailants targeted several objects including the BIR camp.

“Cameroonian soldiers and elements of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) rallied when they discovered who the assailants were and launched a counter-attack forcing the Boko Haram terrorists to flee,” another eyewitness told HumAngle. 

“The final casualty count is six Boko Haram terrorists, three civilians and one soldier killed while the fleeing terrorists abandoned their four-wheel-drive vehicles and motorbikes including a large number of arms and ammunition.”

Local sources say calm has returned to Dabanga and the people who fled into the bushes have returned to their houses.

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