Suspected Boko Haram Members Kidnap 100 In Cameroon

Boko HaramSuspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have killed at least eight people and kidnapped about 100 others in an overnight raid on a village near Cameroon’s northern border, a local government and a military source said.

The village, Tchakarmari, targeted early on Tuesday, lies north of Maroua, where dozens of people were killed in a series of suicide bombings by the Nigerian Islamist group last month.

“Residents said the attackers headed back to Nigeria where Cameroon is not allowed to pursue them,” Reuters quoted a local government source in the Far North region as saying.

A senior military officer deployed as part of a Cameroonian military operation aimed at curbing the spill-over of violence from Boko Haram’s stronghold in north eastern Nigeria said the attackers had crossed over from Nigeria shortly after midnight.

After the spate of suicide bombings in July, Cameroon’s government announced plans to send an additional 2,000 troops to boost security in the Far North region.

The regional governor has banned burqas since the attacks, which were carried out by veiled female bombers. And over the weekend, authorities rounded up and expelled about 2,800 Nigerians living in Cameroon without the required documents.

Cameroon has already deployed some 7,000 troops as part of a regional force which includes Chad, Niger and Nigeria to try to stop Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency.

In efforts to stifle the activities of the militant group in north-east Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria visited Cameroon and secured an agreement that will increase border monitoring.

President Buhari had at different occasions stressed the need for international collaboration in the fight against the Boko Haram sect.

Njaba Residents Reluctant To Return After B’Haram Massacre

Army_BokoReports reaching us from Njaba village in Borno state reveal that residents who were lucky to have fled a spine-chilling attack by the Boko Haram sect, which left dozens of people dead four days ago, are unwilling to return because of the absence of security operatives in the place.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the village targeting men and boys before setting houses on fire on Tuesday but news of the incident did not come out due to the remoteness of the village.

Eye witnesses said that the attack, which took place as the residents were holding prayers, sent everyone running into the bush for safety, with dead bodies scattered all over the area, some of them with their throats cut.

Although an uneasy calm has returned to Njaba village where at least 45 people were killed by the terrorists, according to unnamed military sources and vigilante groups who spoke to Reuters news agency.

A senior local government official in Damboa about 20 km from Njaba, who also declined to be named, said that most of the victims were teenagers.

The unnamed military source told Reuters that the attack was not immediately known because the village is very remote and troops could not access the area.

Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria has killed thousands and displaced over 1.5 million people.

Boko Haram kills Scores in Cameroon

-Members of the Boko Haram sect killed more than 100 people during an attack on the north Cameroon town of Fotokol, murdering residents inside their homes and in a mosque, a local civic leader said on Wednesday.

“Boko Haram entered Fotokol through Gambaru early in the morning and they killed more than 100 people in the mosque, in the houses and they burned property,” Reuters quoted the local leader as saying.

The man said the militants shot one of his sons dead during the raid.

Earlier reports say the attack on the town of Fotokol in Cameroon by members of the terrorist group was repelled.

Cameroonian Information Minister, Issa Tchiroma, said the fighting in Fotokol had lasted several hours.

“The insurgents have been driven out. They tried to surprise us because the Chadian troops who were in Fotokol had crossed over to Nigeria,” he said.

The attack represents the latest cross-border incursion by Boko Haram, who operate near Nigeria’s borders with Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Over 200 Militants Killed By Chad’s Army

The report of the attack on Fotokol is coming after Chad’s army said it had killed more than 200 militants from Boko Haram on Tuesday in a battle in the north eastern Nigerian towns of Gambaru and Ngala, which are near the border with Cameroon.

Chad has deployed 2,500 troops as part of a regional effort to take on the militant group, which has been fighting for five years to create an Islamist emirate in northern Nigeria. An estimated 10,000 people died in the region last year.

Chad’s army also destroyed more than a dozen vehicles equipped with heavy weapons in the battle, and 100 motorcycles used by the militants, the army high command said in a statement on Wednesday. There was no independent confirmation of its claim.

Four African Leaders Agree On Coordinated Military Forces To Fight Boko Haram

Goodluck Jonathan and Idriss Deby.The leaders of four African nations, Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin Republic have agreed to step up a command centre with additional battalion to fight the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

The agreement was reached at a meeting held on Tuesday in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic.

After the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and three other heads of state and a representative of Cameroon’s president the group said in a statement that the command centre for an already agreed-upon multinational force, led by a chief of staff, would be established by November 20.

Other leaders at the meeting were the President of Benin Republic, Thomas Boni Yayi, Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufou and Chad President Idriss Deby.

“The heads of state regrets the persistence of Boko Haram Islamic sect’s atrocious acts of terror on people and security forces in Nigeria and other neighbouring countries,” the statement read.

The leaders agreed to finalise the deployment of troops promised by member states to form the multinational force, to operate within their national borders, by the beginning of November.

Benin, Nigeria’s western neighbour whose border stretches from the Atlantic to the Sahel north, was asked to deploy a full military battalion to its border with Nigeria.

The terrorist group, Boko Haram, has carried out violent attacks mostly in three north-east states in Nigeria.

They are demanding for an Islamic State and an end to Western Education in the region. But in the past few months the group has progressed from bombings, raids and kidnappings that have led to the death of thousands to trying to seize territory in remote areas near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

The recent twist in their operations is believed to have been inspired by the similar moves by Sunni Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

The militants have also carried out incursions into Niger and Chad, and authorities fear the attacks will continue to spread if left unchecked.

The Niamey meeting is a follow-up to a May summit in Paris where the leaders promised to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram after the group kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls and threatened to destabilise the wider region.

Obama Stresses Need To End Extreme Violence

Barack Obama.US President, Barack Obama, has asked world leaders to tackle the roots of terrorism and extreme violence around by offering alternatives to young people who are attracted to militancy.

Laying out the American leadership vision in a UN General Assembly speech, Mr Obama pointed out that the world needs a new blueprint to deal with the terror, conflict, climate and health challenges it faces.

The US President said the Ebola outbreak, Islamist militancy and Russian aggression needed addressing.

According to him, the world was at a crossroads between “war and peace”, “disorder and integration”, and “fear and hope”.

Mr Obama told representatives of 193 nations, “On issue after issue, we cannot rely on a rule-book written for a different century.”

“If we lift our eyes beyond our borders – if we think globally and act co-operatively – we can shape the course of this century as our predecessors shaped the post-World War Two age.”

“Network Of Death”

Sharply critical of Russian actions in Ukraine, Mr Obama said it was an example of what happens when countries do not respect international laws and norms.

He called on Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to follow “the path of diplomacy and peace and the ideals this institution is designed to uphold”.

In his speech he called on the world to join him in this effort to degrade and ultimately destroy this militant organisation, what he described as a “network of death”.

The president outlined America’s role as the lead player in a coalition of more than 50 countries committed to defeating Islamic State militants.
“We reject any suggestion of a clash of civilisations,” he said.

“Belief in permanent religious war is the misguided refuge of extremists who cannot build or create anything, and therefore peddle only fanaticism and hate.”

The US has carried out more than 194 air strikes against the militants in Iraq since August.

He also addressed the challenges of tackling Ebola in West Africa, forming a strong international coalition on climate change and moving forward on nuclear talks with Iran.

Mr Obama, however, admitted the US had sometimes failed to live up to its ideals but said he welcomed the world’s scrutiny.

The US, he said, held “an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and countries for the better”.
Opening the debate, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that human rights were “under attack”.

“From barrel bombs to beheadings, from the deliberate starvation of civilians to the assault on hospitals, UN shelters and aid convoys, human rights and the rule of law are under attack,” he told the assembly.

Missing Plane: Air Force Aware Of Location But Can’t Access It – Air Chief

Nigerian Air Force jet declared missingNigeria’s Air Force says it has an idea of where the missing Alpha Jet (NAF 466) is, but blamed bad weather for the difficulty in locating it.

After a closed door meeting on Monday with the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu, told reporters that the fact that the Air Force lost an aircraft did not mean the military had lost control of the nation’s airspace to terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

He said that some useful information from farmers in the area were not sufficient enough for them to determine the area of search.

The Alpha Jet (NAF 466) was reported missing around Adamawa State, with two pilots on-board.

It left Yola at about 10:45am on 12 September 2014 on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon.

After the plan was reported missing, a statement by the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said “all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result”.

Meanwhile, search and rescue effort is ongoing to establish contact with the crew.

The military has been engaging in counter-terrorism operations in the area for over three years against the Boko Haram, seeking to end western education in the region.

Of late, series of airstrikes were carried out on terrorist enclaves to regain control of some towns that terrorists were gaining control over.

Jonathan To Attend African Union’s Peace and Security Council Meeting

JonathanThe Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, will be among some African leaders that will participate in a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council scheduled to hold in Kenya on Tuesday.

A statement by a spokesman for President Jonathan, Ruben Abati, said that the President would travel to Nairobi on Monday.

The Nairobi meeting is a follow-up to talks by President Jonathan and other African leaders at Pretoria, South Africa, in May on joint action against terrorism.

The meeting will receive and consider the report of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Africa.

Deliberations at the Nairobi Summit and the adoption of the African Chairperson’s Report by President Jonathan, President Uhuru Kenyatta and other participating Heads of State are expected to lead to more collaborative actions by Nigeria and other African countries in the fight against terrorism.

It is aimed solely at riding the continent of acts of terrorism and violent extremism.

According to the statement, the Nigerian President will be accompanied to the Nairobi Summit by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and other advisers and aides.

The team will return to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday.

Cameroon Army Kills 27 Boko Haram Militants

Cameroon_ArmyThe Cameroonian army officials have killed 27 members of the Boko Haram sect near a northern town, state radio said on Wednesday, in a sign of growing cross-border activity by the militants.

The Boko Haram fighters crossed the border into Cameroon earlier this week, after attacking a military base and police station in Nigeria.

“Cameroon soldiers have killed 27 Boko Haram elements during an attack in a locality near Fotokol in the far-north,” state radio CRTV said, adding that the deaths occurred on Monday and Tuesday. There was no word on any Cameroonian casualties.

A Cameroonian soldier in the region said the militants had been pushed back into Nigeria, with calm returning to the area on Wednesday.

In recent weeks, Boko Haram, which is seeking to carve out a de facto Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks in Cameroon, leading the central African country to increase deployments along its jungle border.

But Cameroon has not always been successful in fending off Boko Haram raids. President Paul Biya dismissed two senior army officers last month following attacks in which at least seven people were killed and the wife of the Vice Prime Minister was kidnapped.