News February 09, 2015 at 03:39 pm

Boko Haram Focus Wrath Outside of Nigeria: Bus Hijacked in Cameroon, Car Bomb Detonated in Niger

Abena Agyeman-Fisher | Editor-in-chief, F2FA

Abena Agyeman-Fisher February 09, 2015 at 03:39 pm

February 09, 2015 at 03:39 pm | News

Cameroon Troops

 

Boko Haram Focus Wrath Outside of Nigeria: Bus Passengers Kidnapped, Car Bomb Detonated

Cameroon Troops

Boko Haram is continuing to spread its terror across borders, abducting and attacking civilians in Cameroon and Niger, respectively, reports the BBC.

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On Monday, the Islamic sect reportedly took over a bus traveling near the border town of Koza. The bus had at least 20 people, but some reports indicate the number of kidnapped passengers, who were reportedly traveling to the market, was actually 30.

Diffa, Niger

(FILES) This file picture dated October 29, 2006 shows a motorcyclist heading toward the main gate of the town of Diffa in Niger. Boko Haram fighters waged a new attack on February 8, 2015 in Diffa, a southeastern border town in Niger, where a blast killed at least one person and left 10 injured, witnesses and hospital sources said. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

First Attacks Occur in Niger

Niger officials are reportedly deliberating also on Monday whether they will supply about 700 troops to the anti-Boko Haram effort.

It is likely they will indeed vote to contribute their forces, after Friday and Monday saw a number of attacks by the militants in Niger for the very first time.

On Friday morning, Boko Haram reportedly hit the town of Bosso with heavy artillery. At the time, one witness told the AFP,  “We can hear the sound of weapons all around the town, often very near our windows.

“There is the noise of heavy weapons and of light arms, making our houses shake.”

In the confrontation, Niger forces reportedly killed 109 terrorists, while only sustaining five losses — one was a civilian.

By Monday, the militants set their sights on a prison in the town of Diffa, but were reportedly trounced by Chad and Niger forces.

The prison win, though, didn’t stop Boko Haram from setting off a car bomb that was also in the same town, killing one and wounding 15.

Meanwhile, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Nigeria decided to commit 8,700 soldiers, police, and civilians toward fighting Boko Haram.

A U.S. official went on record to say that the sect is at least 6,000 strong.

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