Boko Haram fighters retreat to Nigeria, flee Cameroon after attacks

Boko Haram's assault by the Nigerian-based militants responsible for killing more than 10,000 people last year

By: Associated Press | Yaounde | Updated: February 6, 2015 5:45 pm
In this file image taken from video released on Oct. 31, 2014, by Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, centre, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group denies agreeing to any cease-fire with the government. (Source: AP File Photo) In this file image taken from video released on Oct. 31, 2014, by Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, centre, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group denies agreeing to any cease-fire with the government. (Source: AP File Photo)

Cameroonian officials say Boko Haram fighters who attacked a town in the far north killing nearly 100 people have retreated to Nigeria.

Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary on Friday said that Cameroonian soldiers assisted by Chadian forces successfully chased hundreds of the Islamic extremists out of the town of Fotokol.

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Boko Haram’s assault inside Cameroon marked an escalation by the Nigerian-based militants who are blamed for killing more than 10,000 people last year.

After being bombed out of several Nigerian towns, hundreds of Boko Haram fighters responded by attacking Fotokol in Cameroon, razing mosques and churches and warning Nigeria’s neighbors not to join the battle against their insurgency.

Last week, African leaders authorized a 7,500-strong force to fight the extremists, including pledges of troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.

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