Cameroon announces plan to deploy additional 2,000 troops to combat Boko Haram

By Editorial Board - 29 July 2015 at 2:35 pm
Cameroonian navy sailors prepare to perform a visit, board, search and seizure drill Nov. 21, 2006, in Douala, Cameroon, during exercise RECAMP V, which is intended to improve relations between the United States and European and Central African countries.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey) (Released)

Cameroon has announced that they will deploy an additional 2,000 troops to the northern border shared with Nigeria in order to combat the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The decision comes only days after at least 14 people were killed in a popular night-time spot in the town Maroua, northern Cameroon, by a suicide bomber. This is part of a resurgence of attacks in the area presumed to be carried out by Boko Haram.

AFP news agency reported that the added support will raise the number of troops positioned in the north to 8,500.

Additional measures have also been taken to combat the intensifying attacks in the north. AP reported that on Sunday, Cameroon authorities ordered the closure of Islamic Schools and mosques after a succession of suicide bombings left at least 60 people dead in the northern part of Cameroon.

Al Jazeera reported that Boko Haram has vowed to attack Cameroon due to the country’s support for the Nigerian military’s mission to defeat the group.

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