Cameroon army has repelled an attack by Boko Haram killing three of the Nigerian fighters of Boko Haram in intensive fighting in northern of the country, a Cameroon government spokesperson said on Thursday.
The spokesperson Issa Tchiroma said that "Early Tuesday morning around 03:40 an enemy column in four-wheel drive vehicles opened fire on positions held by our defence forces," he said of the attack in Bodo town.
"Early Tuesday morning around 03:40 an enemy column in four-wheel drive vehicles opened fire on positions held by our defence forces," he added.
"There followed violent combat until dawn. Faced with the repost of our soldiers, the aggressors beat a retreat leaving behind three dead, a quantity of weapons and a lot of blood,"
No government members were hurt in the attack which represented a change of tactics after the group was driven out from many territories for a regional force that comprises Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, the spokesperson said.
Tchiroma said the militants are trying to "make their voice heard and prove that they continue to exist."
The attack could not be confirmed independently and Boko Haram does not usually comment directly on the attacks.
At least 18 militants were killed in the fighting, according to military sources.
The attacks carried out by the regional operation has been reduced recently but bombings executed in Nigeria suggest that Boko Haram may be shifting its focus further south and west, towards the capital, Abuja.
Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency, responsible for the deaths of over 30,000 civilians and security personnel and causing about 1.5 million people to flee their homes, in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria.
The militant group was controlling an area larger than the size of Belgium at the end of 2014 but a recent offensive by Nigerian Army supported by neighbouring states forced it to withdraw from many places it held before.