Monday, December 30, 2019

Terrorism: the Cameroonian army now operates on Nigerian soil

The Cameroonian army of the FMM should go to the heart of the Sambisa forest which is home to training camps for Boko Haram fighters. This follows the great offensive it launched in Nigerian territory and which was reported by concordant security sources.

Cameroonian FMM forces and the Rapid Intervention Battalion (Bir, an elite unit of the Cameroonian army) have been in it since Thursday evening. Their objective would be to dislodge Boko Haram from the Sambisa forest. This Friday evening, the army would have raked along the border to the city of Bama. 

Their intervention follows the upsurge of Boko Haram attacks in Cameroonian territory and more generally on Lake Chad.

As a reminder on the night of December 26, around 12:00 local time (11:00 GMT) elements of the Islamic State group in West Africa (Iswap, faction of Boko Haram affiliated to IS), tried to make an incursion into Darak, repulsed by the military, the attackers withdrew. According to concordant security and local sources, their intention was to attack the market of Doro Limane not far from the border with Nigeria and 15 fishermen were abducted on December 23 last in Lake Chad.