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Cameroon Sacks 2 Army Chiefs After Boko Haram Raids

Cameroon’s President Paul
Biya on Tuesday dismissed two
senior army officers in the
country’s far north following
Boko Haram attacks in which
at least seven people were
killed and the wife of vice
prime minister, Amadou Ali
was kidnapped.

Militants of the Nigerian
Islamist group seized the wife
of Amadou Ali and killed at
least three persons on Sunday
in an attack in the northern
town of Kolofata involving
more than 200 assailants. At
least four soldiers were killed
in two separate raids late last

According to the decree,
announced over state radio,
Colonel Youssa Gedeon,
commander of the
Gendarmerie Legion in the
north, and Lieutenant-Colonel
Justin Ngonga, commander of
the 34th motorised infantry
battalion in the same region,
were both dismissed.

Both officers were at the
forefront of Cameroon’s
response to the rising number
of Boko Haram attacks in the
region. Nigeria says the
militants are using Cameroon
as a rear base.

Cameroon has already
introduced measures to
increase security on its long,
jungle border with Nigeria,
deploying more than 1,000
soldiers, but has failed to stop
the raids.

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Posted By KellyChi On 09:06 Wed, 30 Jul 2014

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