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Cameroon Defense Minister Says Army Will React ‘Vigorously’ Against Boko Haram

The Ministry of Defense, citing recent attacks by the terror group, said its reaction will rattle the group.

Cameroon’s Minister of Defense has said the country “will react vigorously and effectively in the face of a new trend by the Nigeria-based terrorist group, Boko Haram.”

In a statement issued by Navy Captain Atonfack Guemo Cyrille Serge, military spokesperson on Tuesday July 27, the Minister, Joseph Beti Assomo was quoted as saying “The Cameroon army will not stay mute in the face of this new trend. It will react accordingly to deal with the situation vigorously and effectively.”

The minister was reacting to the killing of five Cameroonian soldiers by the Boko Haram terrorist sect between Monday, July 26 and Tuesday July 27 night in an attack by a horde of heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists on the command post of the Sub-sector No. 2 of the Multinational Joint Task Force of the Lake Chad Basin Commission situated in the locality of Zingue, Waza sub division, Longone-et-Chari Division of the Far North region.

The statement by the Ministry of Defense revealed that “after serious fighting, the insurgents retreated, apparently towards the localities of Koutala, Gazalful and Goumade in Borno State in the Northeast of Nigeria.”

One civilian was also killed and one other wounded in the said attack while three soldiers were also wounded. The wounded soldiers were reported to have been evacuated to the Dabanga military health centre for appropriate medical care.

Despite repeated assurances from the Cameroon government and military that the situation in the Far North Region where the Boko Haram terrorists had been operating with impunity was under control, the terror group has in the past months stepped up attacks in Cameroon and neighbouring countries.

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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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