Cameroon bombs Boko Haram positions

First air strikes by Cameroon come after armed group from neighbouring Nigeria seized a military camp.

Cameroon’s air force has bombed Boko Haram positions in the Far North province of the country for the first time after the armed group from neighbouring Nigeria seized a military camp, the government has said.

President Paul Biya personally ordered Sunday’s air strike, which forced the Boko Haram fighters to flee the camp at Assighasia, Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement late on Sunday.

“Fighter planes went into action for the first time since the start of the conflict” on Cameroon’s side of the border, after several months of deadly raids on troops and civilians by Boko Haram, Bakary added.

“After two strikes and heavy fire … the assailants fled the Assighasia camp, … losing several fighters,” the minister said, adding that military operations were still under way and that “the toll from combat will be released once the operational evaluation is complete”.

A Boko Haram squad attacked the Assighasia camp on Sunday morning and the “Cameroonian defence forces had to withdraw after trying to defend the position”, the government statement said.

Increased strikes

According to local reporter, Eugene Nforngwa, the attack by Boko Haram was also the first time the group had succeeded in taking a military base in the Far North of Cameroon.

The last serious attack took place in mid-October when a suicide bomber exploded a car outside the military base in Amchide. The army succeeded in destroying a tanker belonging to the fighters just before it smashed through the base of the Rapid Response Battalion (BIR in French) in the locality – just 800m from the Cameroon-Nigeria border, Nforngwa reported.

The military said then – in interviews and briefings – that it believed Boko Haram was determined to seize several border towns in Cameroon, in order to expand its caliphate across the border into Far North Cameroon, Nforngwa said. It believed that the group was also recruiting fighters in Cameroon.

Difficult to police

Though Cameroon has deployed thousands of troops to the Far North, the region is difficult to police because of the rugged terrain.

Vast expanses of territory are uninhabited and there are few physical barriers demarcating Cameroon’s border with Nigeria. Many on either side speak the same language and it is often difficult to distinguish locals from foreigners.

Boko Haram has become a deadly force to be reckoned with since 2009 in northern Nigeria and have made raids into Cameroon.

Cameroon has encouraged locals to form vigilante groups, to report strangers and suspicious behaviour in their communities and has enforced a partial curfew including on the movement of motorbikes.

Boko Haram tactics include massacres of civilians on both sides of the frontier, the razing of villages, large-scale kidnappings and, most recently, direct assaults on Cameroonian troops.

How Super Falcons Of Nigeria Became African Champions

Nigeria are the 2014 African Women Champions after beating Cameroon comfortably by a 2-0 margin in the final played at the Sam Nujuma Stadium.

Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala, who was the player of the competition, were the goalscorers for the Super Falcons, with both goals coming in the first half.

Desire Oparanozie, put the Super Falcons ahead in the 13th minute scoring a beautiful free kick from outside the box as Nigeria edge towards their seventh African Women’s title.

The forward along with Ngozi Okobi had looked very dangerous for Nigeria in the opening exchanges of the match

Cameroon striker, Deborah Enganamouit, was unlucky not to have levelled matters a few minutes later as her strike bounced off the cross bar having placed a ball over the Nigerian goalkeeper.

The two teams continued to attack each other with Cameroon looking to get an equalizer while Nigeria wanted another goal to make it a comfortable lead within the first 45 minutes of the match.

Cameroon came close once again as a headed effort by Michele Madeleine from the corner kick went wide much to the relieve of Nigeria.

The goal scorer, Oparanozie, combined with her teammates once again as she nearly scored the second for Nigeria with four minute before the break, but his shot failed to find the target.

Nigeria increased the scored in the 43rd minute with Asisat Oshoala scoring her fourth goal of the competition to give the Super Falcons a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time break.

In the second half, Cameroon came out firing hoping to get back into the game, but were once again unlucky not to get a goal with another effort sailing over the bar.

Their dominance was not long however, with Super Falcons able to neutralise them to remain in control of the game.

Cameroon’s technical team was forced to look from their bench as the goals failed to come.

With the match heading towards the end, Cameroon came close with an effort from substitute, Iven Mihamle’s free kick hitting the crossbar to deny them a goal.

The Nigerians on the other hand were happy to sit back and defend their lead as they failed to create any goal scoring chances in the last 10 minutes of the match.

The dying minutes of the match saw the introduction of the Super Falcons legend, Perpetua Nkwocha, who scored a hat trick in the two teams 2004 final where Nigeria won 5-0.

Francisca Ordega was player of the game.

Cameroon can find solace that they will be at the World Cup, as well Cote d’Ivoire, who beat South Africa 1-0 in the third/fourth play off.

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Amid reports of a ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect, Cameroon yesterday announced that it had killed 107 members of the terrorist group. Cameroonian soldiers reportedly killed the deceased members of the deadly sect in an ambush shortly after the sect’s members beheaded 30 civilians. AFP quoted Cameroon’s defence ministry as saying in a statement read on state radio that the combat occurred on Wednesday and Thursday after militants from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram drove into the border towns of Amchide and Limani. Officials said eight Cameroonian soldiers died in the battle, which the ministry called “fighting of rare violence”. It was not possible to independently verify the information or the toll. Boko Haram rebels, who have been waging attacks in Northern Nigeria and who kidnapped more than 200 school girls in April, frequently cross into neighbouring Cameroon. A police officer speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity said that before the military confronted them, the Boko Haram fighters “cut the throats of many civilians, 30 at least.” The manager of a money transfer agency was among the murdered, he said, and a Catholic church, a Protestant church and several bars were burnt. “They wanted to attack the camp” where elite soldiers were garrisoned “with a booby-trapped car, but the soldiers were one step ahead of them and destroyed it,” the police officer said.