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General News of Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Source: vanguardngr.com

Nigerian, not Cameroon airforce bombed Boko Haram - Nigerian Army

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Following reports Tuesday, that Cameroonian air force jets on Monday launched air strikes on scores of Boko Haram terrorists who occupied a military base in Northern Cameroon and bombed them on the Nigerian side, the Defence Headquarters said yesterday that no foreign air force aircraft launched any airstrike on Nigeria’s territory.

Rather, DHQ in a post on its twitter handle, disclosed that the air strikes that killed Boko Haram terrorists in the said confrontation at the Nigerian divide of the border town with Cameroon was carried out by Nigerian Airforce fighter aircraft.

It said it will investigate the source of the information claiming that the air strikes were carried out by a foreign air force.

Cameroon’s minister of information, Issa Tchiroma had in a statement, said the coordinated assaults on five towns and villages showed a change in tactics by Boko Haram fighters, adding that the group’s campaign to carve out an Islamic Caliphate has spread from North East Nigeria to neighbouring Cameroon.

He added that President Paul Biya ordered air strikes to flush out Boko Haram terrorists’ from Northern Cameroon.

However, Defence Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade said, “Ongoing highly Coordinated Air operation is being conducted by the Nigeria Airforce.

No indication of any Foreign Force engaging in any part of Nigeria. We will investigate claims of Airstrikes by a Foreign Force on our Soil. This serves to satisfy peddlers of strange claims and stories.”

Continuing, Olukolade asked, “What could be the motive of Foreign Media outfits peddling false/exaggerated claims of a neighboring Army’s exploits on Nigerian soil?”

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