Boko Haram raids Cameroon army base

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Boko Haram [whose leaders pledged allegiance to ISIS] are doing exactly what ISIS did. Previously their terrorist activity was confined to Nigeria but now they are heading out. A West African Caliphate is what they want. Or is it revenge?

Boko Haram raids Cameroon army base - Africa - Al Jazeera English
"Fighters from the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram have launched an attack on a military base in the northwest Cameroonian city of Kolofata, police and government officials say.

Monday's attack came a day after blasts struck an open market selling mobile handsets in the town of Potiskum in Nigeria's Yobe state, one of three northeastern states repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram.

"As soon as people heard the first gunfire, they fled the city," a police source told the AFP news agency on Monday, adding: "The gunfire was very heavy."

Issa Tchiroma, Cameroon's communication minister and government spokesperson, told Al Jazeera that between 200 and 300 Boko Haram fighters had been killed in the attack.


He also said Cameroonian soldiers had seized heavy military equipment and vehicles from Boko Haram, apparently during a recent attack by the group on Nigeria's northeastern town of Baga.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the ministers' claims.

Citing military sources, Eugene Nforngwa, a local journalist, told Al Jazeera by email that one Cameroonian soldier of the Rapid Response Battalion (BIR in French) was killed and another wounded in Monday's clashes.

"Kolofata is not very near the border with Nigeria, which means the militants travelled at least 10km into Cameroon," he said.

"Cameroonian military spokesperson Colonel Didier Badjec confirmed the attack and said he was preparing a press release, which will be published later today."

Sources said Kolofata is on a hill, which gave Cameroonian troops strategic advantage over Boko Haram fighters.

Boko Haram, which has been designated by the US as a "terrorist" organisation, has been fighting since 2009 to establish sharia law in all 36 states of Nigeria, which is roughly equally divided between a mainly Christian south and a largely Muslim north.

The Nigerian government has since May 2013 declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the three states where most of the deadly attacks have happened."
 
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Hopefully the reports of hundreds of Boko Haram militants being slain are accurate and not merely exaggerations. This group is a menace to the stability of the region. Hopefully they kick enough hornets' nests that there will be a concerted effort to eliminate them.
 
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Nigeria is an unsustainable country. 50% muslim and 50% Christian means every election, half the country is in shambles and militant groups sprout up from the other side. The USA is being wise in this situation by not arming the governments, because if they do, then the Muslim parts of the countries will just be torn apart, mostly on the civilian side of things. The only thing that keeps Nigeria from blowing up is the military is so weak.
 
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I think law and order in the country is lacking, and government is not leading it too well and always groups using guns and shooting at whoever they want and causing mayhem. There is religion used as well to justify the wars and violence or some people want rights and use force to get it and attack the officials of the government. The Boko haram groups are destroying the very country they are in and not thinking about the consequences and will ruing it if not stopped by the government.
 
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It is very worrying to hear that this group is attacking a larger area. They have the courage to go to a foreign land to fight its security. I hope that a solution is found soon because they seem to be getting bolder by the moment. They are fighting the wrong war because no one can force someone to believe in something that they do not. On the other hand, they have nothing to lose.