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Cameroon army captures Boko Haram chief, kills 100 militants

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BokoHaram-GUNSCAMEROUN’S army captured a regional Boko Haram chief and freed 900 hostages during a three-day operation near its border with Nigeria, the government said.

According to Bloomberg, Cameroon’s forces seized Aladji Gana, a local chief for the Islamist militant group. About 100 militants were killed during the November 26-November 28 operation and authorities recovered weapons, propaganda materials and jihadist flags, Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in an e-mailed statement. The fighters have been cleared from the area, he said.

Cameroon has faced incursions from the Boko Haram militants and its army is part of a regional force combating the group that also includes soldiers from Niger and Chad. The group’s home base is Nigeria, where it’s been waging an insurgency since 2009 to establish Shariah.

The Nigerian army had said on Wednesday in a statement that it’s working toward meeting a December 31 deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to eliminate the threat of the group, which carries out regular attacks such as bombings and kidnappings.


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