IN A statement issued on December 2 by Joseph Beti Assomo, Cameroonian Minister responsible for Defence it was announced that the Cameroon defence force had released 900 hostages and killed or neutralized 100 Boko Haram terrorists in an action which took place in the north of country over three days from November 26 to 28.
In addition to the hostage releases, the force seized considerable stocks of arms and ammunition together with black and white flags associated with ISIS.
The success of the operation, according to the minister, was thanks to co-operation between various sections of the armed forces as well as the Nigerian army and he expressed his thanks to all of those involved.
On behalf of the Head of State and Chief of the Army, Mr Beti Assomo sent to all personnel of the Cameroonian defence forces “their warm congratulations for their ongoing dedication, bravery, determination and patriotic commitment to the preservation of peace and the territorial integrity of our country.”
Unfortunately, on the other side of the coin, there was a double suicide attack on the evening of December 1 in Waza in the far north of Cameroon with a toll of six dead so far, including the two bombers. A third bomber, said to be a young woman, was killed before she could detonate the device.