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8 Soldiers, Over 20 Boko Haram Terrorists Die In Cameroon Clashes

At least 20 Boko Haram terrorists have died in clashes in Cameroon’s Far North Region, with the Cameroon army also recording fatalities.

Eight Cameroonian soldiers and over 20 Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday July 24, 2021 were killed during fighting in Sagme, a locality in Fotokol subdivision of the Longone-et-Chari division, Far North region of Cameroon. 

According to a communique signed by Navy Captain Cyrile Serges Atonfack Guemo, the army spokesperson, “several assailants of the terrorist group in the early hours of Saturday, July 24, 2021 attacked a military post situated in the locality of Sagme, Fotokol subdivision in Longone-et-Chari.” 

The army spokesperson disclosed that eight soldiers died during the clash while 13 others were wounded and evacuated to the Maroua military hospital for appropriate follow-up.

He added that a number of the terrorists were killed and their bodies were carried away by their colleagues “in conformity with their habits under such circumstances.”

The terrorists were reported to have come from Borno State in the northeast of neighbouring Nigeria and despite the robust retaliatory response of the Cameroonian army, some of the Boko Haram terrorists succeeded in retreating back into Nigerian territory. 

Though the communique by the army spokesperson did not give the exact number of Boko Haram terrorists killed in the clashes, local sources in Fotokol told HumAngle that “about  20 corpses were taken away by the Boko Haram fighters.”

The Cameroonian President Paul Biya, currently on a private visit to Europe, has through the Minister of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo presented “his profound condolences to the families of the dead soldiers as well as his wishes of prompt healing to the wounded.”

The minister said the Cameroonian troops were “on maximum alert in the entire Far North Region and beyond the borders in order to prevent eventual new attacks by the hydra-headed terrorists of Boko Haram whose manifestations are recurrent.”

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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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