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Task force says 2,000 saved from Nigeria's Boko Haram

Weekend operations also killed 300 militants, says MNJTF

Felix Nkambeh Tih   | 05.04.2016
Task force says 2,000 saved from Nigeria's Boko Haram

Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon

 Cameroonian and Nigerian forces claimed to have killed over 300 Boko Haram militants and rescued nearly 2,000 hostages during a joint military operation in northern Nigeria, Security sources told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

“Cameroonian soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the Nigerian soldiers of the 152 battalion,” took part in the operation, Cameroonian General Bouba Dobekreo said.

"Some 300 Boko Haram militants were killed and nearly 2,000 people were released from the hands of Boko Haram during the military operation," Dobekreo added.

"We destroyed a Boko Haram logistics base where they manufactured explosives. We recovered several weapons, destroyed vehicles, generators and other war materials," the general said.

The fighting reportedly took place over Sunday and Monday in Walassa, some 35 kilometers [21 miles] north of Kumshe, northern Nigeria, near the Cameroon border.

The Multinational Joint Task Force was created by Lake Chad Basin countries – Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – aimed at eradicating the Nigerian militant group.

Last weekend, the Nigerian army rescued 275 people, including a woman and her newborn child, in the country’s troubled northeast Borno state. Fifteen suspected militants were also killed in the operation, the military said in a statement.

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