Cameroonian army has killed 27 members of the Boko Haram terrorist sect near a northern town in Nigeria, state radio said on Wednesday, 27 August, 2014.
It would be recalled that the Boko Haram fighters were reported to have crossed Nigeria’s border into Cameroon on Monday after attacking a military base and police station in Borno, north east Nigeria.
It was reported that some 480 Nigerian troops absconded into Cameroon as a result of the heavy fighting with the terrorists.
“Cameroon soldiers have killed 27 Boko Haram elements during an attack in a locality near Fotokol in the far-north’’, state radio/CRTV said.
According to the report, the deaths occurred on Monday and Tuesday but there was no word on any Cameroonian casualties.
A Cameroonian soldier in the region said the militants had been pushed back into Nigeria, with calm returning to the area on Wednesday.
In recent weeks, Boko Haram, which claimed to be seeking an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has stepped up terror attacks in Cameroon.
A trend that has forced the central African country to increase deployments of troops along its border with Nigeria.
Last month, President Paul Biya dismissed two senior army officers following attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of the vice prime minister was kidnapped.
The Nigerian military had said on Monday that it would soon begin a massive attack on Boko Haram after the militants, in a video, proclaimed Gwoza town in Borno state as its Islamic caliphate.
The Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for many terror attacks in northern Nigeria and other parts of the country since its intensified its insurgency in 2009.