Boko Haram

Cameroon troops battle with the insurgents near Nigerian border


It was another heavy clashes again on Tuesday, when Cameroonian troops engaged the Islamic militants in battle near the border with Nigeria. The fighting was on while a security summit on how to clear the insurgents from African region was taking place.

Boko Haram insurgents from neighboring Nigeria attacked the far northern Cameroon border village of Bonderi, a source told AFP, adding that "it's too early to give a casualty toll".

The fighting comes as Nigeria and its regional neighbors, including Chad, Niger and Cameroon, met in Niger's capital Niamey to plan a strategy against the Islamist fighters.

Boko Haram controls swathes of Nigeria and has stepped up cross-border attacks in the region as part of an insurgency that has left 13,000 dead and forced 1.5 million from their homes since 2009.

Chad sent a convoy of troops and 400 military vehicles into Cameroon Saturday to help in the fight against Boko Haram and its president has called for the creation of a regional force.

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