Boko Haram militants on Friday, October 23, battled with soldiers in neighboring Cameroon after raiding a village in a remote border region.
According to Reuters, the insurgents attacked Kerawa in Cameroon’s far north zone on Thursday, October 22, leaving at least 12 people dead, the same day they carried out a similar raid nearby and a suicide bombing in neighboring Chad.
“They (Boko Haram) slit the throats of between three and seven people yesterday and killed others,” the official added.
Colonel Badjeck, the army’s spokesman said: “We are inflicting an extremely heavy death toll on Boko Haram’s side, I forcefully insist that Kerawa is not in Boko Haram’s hands.”
The United Nations refugee agency last week said Boko Haram militants have made swamp lands of Lake Chad, where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, into a war zone.
Boko Haram has waged a brutal six-year campaign for an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria. After neighboring countries joined an offensive against the group last year, the conflict has spilled across their borders, displacing tens of thousands of people.
Boko Haram used Cameroon’s impoverished Far North to stockpile supplies and recruits until the government cracked down on the group last year.
Meanwhile about 45 suspected Boko Haram fighters have been arrested in Lagos following intelligence reports that they were planning to bomb an affluent neighbourhood, Dolphin Estate, in the Ikoyi area of the state.
The suspects were apprehended by operatives of the Directorate of Security Service (DSS) and have been charged to court.