Five Boko-Haram militants and two soldiers are reported dead in an overnight attack when jihadists crossing from Nigeria attacked a military post in the town of Soueram located in the Fotokol commune, Logone-et-Chari division, Far North Region of Cameroon.
A colonel hinted the Defense Post that the overnight attack took place on Monday, May 25, through to Tuesday, May 26. “Two Cameroonian soldiers were killed in the assault, while five jihadists died in the counter-attack” he said. He added that a military vehicle was also destroyed, and the jihadists absconded with a piece of heavy weaponry.
According to a local leader, no civilian casualties were recorded in the attack. Reports also confirm that seven members of the security forces were wounded later on Tuesday afternoon in the same area after they struck a landmine during a patrol.
The Far North Region is northernmost part of Cameroon. It borders Chad to the east and Nigeria to the West. The province has been hit since 2014 by jihadists attacking from northeast Nigeria. Amnesty International report that at least 275 people were killed last year in the Far North Region by Boko-Haram. Over the years, thousands of civilians have been killed and millions displaced. This has led to a serious humanitarian crisis in a region that is naturally poor.