The Cameroon army, supported by an anti-Boko Haram regional task force, killed at least 100 Boko Haram militants and freed 900 hostages in a three day operation from November 26-28.
The anti-Boko Haram regional task force included Cameroonian, Nigerian and Chadian soldiers. Cameroon is part of an 8,700-strong regional group, including troops from Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin.
“In the course of this operation, at least 100 members of Boko Haram were killed. Nine hundred hostages detained by Boko Haram were freed,” army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck announced on Wednesday.
The operation took place along the Cameroon-Nigeria border in the Far North region of Cameroon. The Lake Chad Islands, where many Boko Haram militants are hiding, was most likely targeted. However, no official statement was made on the exact location of the three day operation. Cameroon and Nigeria shared a 1,690-km border.
According to Joseph Beti Assomo, Cameroon’s Minister of Defence, said an important amount of ammunition and weapons were seized during the operations. Flags from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were also found. Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIL in March 2015.
Allafrica.com reported that “Aliyu Musa, an independent researcher on War and Conflict Study and Boko Haram specialist, said reports are true, the number of fatalities is “very significant”.”
“The Boko Haram fighters are not as organised as they used to be, and training those many fighters take time,” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera.
Musa also said that regional cooperation between Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad denies Boko Haram exit routes between the 3 countries.
According to Amnesty International, Boko Haram has killed more than 17,000 people and abducted more than 2,000 since it launched its campaign for a Muslim state in northern Nigeria six years ago.
Last October, the United States army deployed 300 soldiers along surveillance drones in Cameroon to help in the fight against Boko Haram.