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Escalation of Boko Haram violence along Cameroon-Nigeria border

(10 February 2015)

Two recent attacks by Boko Haram militants have sparked condemnation from the United Nations Security Council. On 3 February, Boko Haram militants attacked a group of Chadian armed forces near the border between Cameroon and Nigeria, killing 13 Chadian soldiers and leaving 21 wounded. The next day, Boko Haram militants attacked civilians and a group of Cameroonian armed forces, killing 3 soldiers and an unknown number of civilians.

In response, the Chadian army, in collaboration with Nigeria, recaptured territory held by Boko Haram militants, capturing 200 militants and equipment. The UN Security Council encouraged similar collaborative military responses to Boko Haram and condemned the attacks “in the strongest terms.” A meeting will be held in February 2015 in Yaoundé, Cameroon to organize a Multinational Joint Task Force to respond to future violence.

Sources:

Regional forces clash with Boko Haram on Cameroon border, 4 February 2015, France 24, http://www.france24.com/en/20150204-boko-haram-regional-forces-nigeria-cameroon-chadian/#

Security Council condemns Boko Haram attacks along Chad-Cameroon border, 5 February 2015, UN News Centre, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50012#.VNTQlJ2sV8E