- As US offers to help Cameroon
Nigerian forces backed by air strikes have killed more than 300 Boko Haram fighters during an operation to recapture 11 towns and villages since the start of the week, the military said on Wednesday.
“Several weapons and equipment were also captured and some destroyed,” defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said in a statement.
Meanwhile, The United States will help Cameroon’s army secure equipment to fight Boko Haram, its embassy in Cameroon said on Wednesday, as it deepens its commitment to countering the jihadist group.
Boko Haram militants have killed and kidnapped thousands in a six-year insurgency in Nigeria and are stepping up cross-border attacks on neighbours despite a major regional offensive against them.
In the latest strike, guerrillas ambushed an army patrol near the town of Waza in Cameroon this week and an intense gun battle ensued, killing five soldiers.
“My government is working on a logistic pipeline of material that will enhance Cameroon’s ability to defend itself from Boko Haram,” U.S. ambassador to Cameroon Michael Stephen Hoza said in a notice published in a local paper on Wednesday.
He did not elaborate on what would be provided, saying only that it would be “equipment necessary to defend the country”.
Earlier this week, the commander of U.S. Special Forces operations in Africa pledged to help African nations in the fight against the group, reports Reuters.
Major General James Linder said the United States would provide technology allowing African partners to communicate between cellphones, radios and computers.