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ISWAP Terrorists Kill 7 Soldiers In Northern Cameroon

Authorities in Cameroon said that heavily armed terrorists attacked Segmé in the Far North of the country, killing seven soldiers and injuring four others.

The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) terror group killed seven soldiers in Sagmé, a town in the Far North of Cameroon not far from the Nigerian border on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

The incident occurred just a few days after over 50 fighters linked to Boko Haram, a rival group being overrun by ISWAP, repented and surrendered to Cameroonian authorities. 

Bakari Midjiyawa,  governor of the Far North Region, told CRTV television that the heavily armed terrorists “arrived at around 4 p.m. in the morning in six vehicles.” 

“We deplore the deaths of our six soldiers, who died in action, and four more were injured.”

The attack is the deadliest in recent months in northern Cameroon, which alongside neighbouring Nigeria and Chad, has been battling the insurgency in Lake Chad. 

“Our outpost in Sagme was attacked this morning around 4 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) by a horde of assailants,” Lazare Ndongo Ndongo, administrative head of the district in the Far North Region, told Reuters.

“There were six to seven vehicles, and motorcycles and some were on foot. It was a massive attack.” 

According to two military sources who requested anonymity, at least eight soldiers were killed and several others were injured.

According to local authorities, there has been a continuous increase in attacks against the military in the region since the death of Boko Haram’s former leader, Abubakar Shekau.

“Since Shekau’s death there has been an increase in attacks, as the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) moves to conquer territories previously held by Boko Haram,” Ndongo said.

“They are gaining momentum. They look more structured, better organised and attack in full force,” he said.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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