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Chad joins Cameroun in fight against Boko Haram

The dreaded Boko Ha­ram terrorist group have freed two dozen hostages after a mass abduction by its militants in Cameroon, as Chad prepared Mon­day to engage in the in­ternational battle against the extremist group.
Twenty-four of the 80 people taken hostage by Boko Haram in the north of Cameroon Sunday were released as Cam­eroonian armed forces pursued the Islamist ex­tremists, according to a government source.
Boko Haram fighters then fled back into Nige­ria, with the fate of the rest of the hostages taken in the raid still unknown.
An army officer based in Cameroon’s Far North region said Boko Haram had attacked two villages and kidnapped what Cam­eroonian state media said were 80 hostages, in one of the group’s biggest abduc­tions outside Nigeria yet.
Three people also died in the assault.
As the militants retreat­ed, the Chadian army said it was putting 400 military vehicles, attack helicop­ters, and a still unspeci­fied number of soldiers amassed in northern Cam­eroon into action against Boko Haram, as part of a regional effort to defeat the notoriously violent group.
“We are going to ad­vance (Monday) towards the enemy,” Chadian army colonel Djerou Ibrahim, who is leading the offensive against Boko Haram, told AFP from the strategic cross­roads town of Maltam in northern Cameroon.
“Our mission is to hunt down Boko Ha­ram, and we have all the means to do that.”
But Cameroonian Com­munications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary warned the armies of the two nations still had considerable planning to complete before being able to launch offensives against Boko Haram.


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