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General News of Thursday, 5 February 2015

Source: Xinhua

Boko Haram kills 17 soldiers in military camp attack

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Three Cameroonian soldiers and 14 Chadian soldiers have reportedly perished along with a huge number of Boko Haram militants. This massacre took place when the Islamic sect attacked the military camps in Fotokol, a border town in Cameroon's Far North Region neighbouring Nigeria on Wednesday morning, military sources told Xinhua.

Sources put the number of Boko Haram militants in the attack at around 7,000, adding that they were armed with 30 armored trucks, about ten ordinary vehicles and hundreds of motorcycles, as well as sophisticated weapons.

In their ranks, there were Libyan, Sudanese and Malian mercenaries and fighters of non-African origin, the sources added.

Pushed back to Makari, another town in Cameroon's Far North Region, the Cameroonian army is preparing to carry out an offensive, supported by Chadian troops based in the same region, to recapture Fotokol from the terrorist group.

The attack came just three days after an attempted attack by the terrorists in the same area which was repulsed by Cameroonian and Chadian troops.

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