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Cameroun President sacks officers over boko haram attack

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has sacked
two senior army officers at the forefront of
the battle against militant Islamist group
Boko Haram.

State radio did not give reasons for the
dismissal of Col Youssa Gedeon and Lt-Col
Justin Ngonga.

The decision probably reflects Biya’s
growing concern about the Boko Haram
threat, correspondents say.
On Sunday, the deputy prime minister’s wife
was abducted by suspected militants.

She was abducted in the northern town of
Kolofata, along with her maid, a religious
leader and the local mayor.

The BBC’s Muhaman Babalala in Cameroon’s
capital, Yaounde, says the abductions
showed a clear lapse in security, and the
government may have therefore decided to
sack the officers.

They were in charge of military operations
in northern areas along the porous border
with Nigeria, he says.
In May, Biya promised a “total war” against
Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is fighting for an Islamic state
in Nigeria, but has carried out a series of
cross-border raids in Cameroon.
The group attacked Cameroon three times
last week, killing at least four soldiers,
Reuters news agency reports.

Militants have kidnapped foreign nationals
in northern Cameroon before, including a
French family and Chinese workers.

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