Yaounde – Cameroon forces killed 41 Boko Haram fighters in the country’s Far North region, Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said on Monday, one day after a large attack by the militant group.
“Fending off a Boko Haram attack in the locality of Shogori, our defence forces killed 34 members of the terrorist group and destroyed two fighter jeeps belonging to Boko Haram,” Tchiroma said in a communique.
Seven militants and one soldier were killed in a separate ambush.
On Sunday, Cameroon launched its first airstrikes against Boko Haram after 1 000 fighters from the militant group attacked a military camp near the northern border and forced troops stationed there to flee.
The military managed to recapture the base.
Boko Haram, which is based in Nigeria, has in recent months launched attacks in northern Cameroon, prompting the military to bolster its troops in the region.
President Paul Biya declared war on Boko Haram in May, and has since deployed thousands of troops to the Far North Region.
Defence Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o recently told Parliament that some 20 000 soldiers will be recruited over the next two years to reinforce the fight.