Cameroon kills 92 Boko Haram militants, frees villagers

Cameroonian security forces kill 92 Boko Haram militants freeing 850 villagers in joint operation with Nigerian Army

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

In this photo taken Monday March 9, 2015, Nigerian troops patrol in the northeastern Nigeria city of Mubi, some 20 kilometres west of the Cameroon border.

Cameroonian Army announced on Friday that its troops had killed 92 Boko Haram militants and freed 850 villagers in a joint operation with Nigerian forces.

According to a statement released by Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the operation in the Nigerian village of Kumshe, close to the border with Cameroon, was conducted under the auspices of a multinational force fighting Boko Haram.

"Two Cameroonian soldiers were killed (during the operation) by an accidental mine explosion. Five other soldiers were wounded," Bakary said, adding that the army captured weapons and ammunition and found a centre for production of homemade mines.

There was no immediate comment from Nigeria or independent confirmation of the operation or the death toll.

Boko Haram is a Nigeria-based militant group that was established in 2002. It carries out suicide and other attacks in West African countries including Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

TRTWorld, Reuters