CAMEROON BLAMES BOKO HARAM FOR ATTACK NEAR THE FAR NORTHERN TOWN OF KOUSSERI

People at a market place in the Far North of Cameroon

PHOTO CREDIT: DEUTSCHE WELLE

VOICE OF AMERICA
March 14, 2014
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

Cameroon says the Nigerian Islamic sect
Boko Haram is suspected in an attack on
one of its markets near Kousseri – with at least one soldier killed. A similar attack occurred March 9 in the same area. The latest incident also provoked panic in a convoy of guarded Chadian refugees who had fled sectarian violence in the Central African Republic.

Residents say the attackers entered
Cameroon through the porous borders
and shot at soldiers Thursday in a market near Kousseri, a town close to Cameroon’s borders with Nigeria and Chad.

Boko Haram

“Two Boko Haram people came to the
market on a motorcycle in broad day
light,” eyewitness Mahamat Djibril, a
businessman, told VOA. He said he thinks
they shot and killed several soldiers. The governor of the Far North Region, Awah Fonka Augustin, also said he thought Boko Haram was involved.

“There was a confrontation between
Boko Haram and soldiers that were
present,” he said. The governor says the
town has returned to normal and he
called on the population to be calm,saying the military is there to protect their safety.

Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakari said the attack was the
work of foreign insurgents from a
bordering country that is experiencing
what he called a “religious crisis.” But he
did not specifically name Boko Haram. He called on nearby countries to respect
Cameroon’s peaceful position. He said Cameroon is a country where priests and imams meet for ecumenical church services and this is an asset.

Boko Haram says it is fighting to create a strict Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. The shadowy group is blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009. Cameroon is caught in between Nigeria’s violence-plagued north and the sectarian conflict engulfing its eastern neighbor, the Central African Republic. The shooting incident near Kousseri created panic among some 300 Chadians who fled the C.A.R. and were passing through Cameroon on their way back home.

Said Abdoul was in the convoy. He tells
VOA the Chadians they are afraid to
continue their journey from the town of
Ngaoundere. “It is dangerous to leave Ngaoundere” he said, “because we hear that Boko Haram groups are around and can kill us.”

Last year Boko Haram kidnapped a French family and a priest in northern Cameroon. Concerns have recently surfaced that Boko Haram may be using neighboring nations as safe havens from which to launch attacks. Earlier this month, Cameroon strongly denied it was allowing its territory to be used as a training ground for terrorist groups, including Boko Haram.

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24 Responses to CAMEROON BLAMES BOKO HARAM FOR ATTACK NEAR THE FAR NORTHERN TOWN OF KOUSSERI

  1. ozed says:

    As the BH battle increasingly moves into Cameroun, i hope our defense strategists understand that it remains our fight. Since we encouraged cameroun to join us in the fight, We cannot be seen to abandon them at this point.

    • Blackrev says:

      what is happening in Cameroon is cameroon’s fault. since they wanted to be indifferent in the fight against terrorism. Niger and chad are also affected but have taken measures to make boko haram feel insecure on their territory.

      we warned and warned. now that they are starting to feel the effects of looking the other way while boko haram was building bases on their territory, the best thing is to give us access to any boko haram camp like Niger and chad are doing.

      kudos to our gallant men for their recent successes just when I was beginning to lose faith in their ability.

  2. igbi says:

    The fight against the dreaded Boko Haram militias is entering more sophistication with the Nigerian military entering the villages along the borders with Cameroun on a spy mission to fish out the members of the killer group.

    According to our source within the Nigerian Intelligence circle, the Nigerian government is taken extra step to end the human carnage, and they are doing all they can to protect Nigerians where ever they are living.

    According to the information, the Nigerian soldiers who went on the mission located many of the sect groups moving freely in the villages in Cameroun. And also was shocked that the Camerounian soldiers were also in these villages protecting their borders and indirectly covering the sect members. The source further confirmed to Ndokwa Reporters, that the difficult of ending the war against the sect most especially, from the Camerounian end had being the non-comparative stance of Cameroun Government.

    The source however says what the government is doing is normal military and intelligence approach of information gathering, and this will be analysed and know what to do to check the continuous incursion of the sect which will lead to the final push.

    http://www.ndokwareporters.com/nigerian-military-cameroun-boko-haram/

    • Are James says:

      The NIA needs a station inside Northern Cameroon with the objective of gathering HUMINT from religious institutions, traders and other sources. This should not be difficult given the resources available, the dual citizenship of some borderland dwellers and the long years of cross border migrations within the region.
      On a more tactical level also, the DMI is also probably already on ground doing visual observations hopefully supplemented by radio and telephone intercepts which should provide real time intelligence to support tactical decisions in the war as opposed to NIA efforts which should be about socio political ‘trending’ over months.
      Many years ago all these capabilities were existing and deployed within the Nigerian defsec space, we sincerely hope the rot has not blunted the spear.

      • igbi says:

        NA soldiers should never put their trust on biya and his boys, they will sell us out before we can say “ouf”. Biya seems to be making a U-turn only because boko haram has started attacking his dominion. Perhaps he is also afraid of NA invading his dominion. But What I know is that you don’t go into a “drak room” with biya.

      • doziex says:

        Oga Are James, that’s what we call “Strategic depth”

        Military , intelligence and general influence one has a cross the border.

        The US/Mexico border may be porous, but the CIA,FBI,ATF,DEA all have regional outposts inside mexico.
        Of course, with the permission of the host government.

        Pakistan has only created and supported the Frankenstein monster the Taliban in Afghanistan to retain influence aka strategic depth vis a vis india’s regional influence.

        So all those years Nigeria was giving free electricity and free crude to our neighbors, we should have demanded such strategic presence in the said countries.

        That way, we will have more than our porous borders to protect us from threats emanating from our neighbors.

    • igbi says:

      “The first casualty of war is the truth”.
      Perhaps the biggest lie of all this war is the claim that boko haram terrorists are Nigerians.

      • Are James says:

        Your probably right.
        The locals in 90% of the attacks have responded in ways that confirm this. The attack on the secondary school also was so dastardly that it is inconceivable that Nigerians did it.
        It’s a big price we are paying for dropping the ball on security. The entire Northern border of Nigeria was contiguous to some significant geo political events in the last few years that we actually shoukd be askibg ourselves why we are so surprised at this turn of events.The world changed on us while we slept.

  3. Tope says:

    Igbi that’s why I said it has Transformed from a Local Religious Motivated, Politically Influenced, Taliban Styled Operated Group into an International Al-Qeada Affliated Terrorist Group as Confirmed by All Intelligence AgenciesIgbi that’s why I said it has Transformed from a Local Religious Motivated, Politically Influenced, Taliban Styled Operated Group into an International Al-Qeada Affliated Terrorist Group as Confirmed by All Intelligence AgenciesIgbi that’s why I said it has Transformed from a Local Religious Motivated, Politically Influenced, Taliban Styled Operated Group into an International Al-Qeada Affliated Terrorist Group as Confirmed by All Intelligence AgenciesIgbi that’s why I said it has Transformed from a Local Religious Motivated, Politically Influenced, Taliban Styled Operated Group into an International Al-Qeada Affliated Terrorist Group as Confirmed by All Intelligence Agencies.

    Since Last Week the Men Caught at Lake Chad n Cameroon Border Speak Only French and Arabic and do not understand Hausa, this is the Clearest Revelation.

    The Money Recovered is in Cameroonian Francs Another Revelation When we put Two and Two togeda it shows a

    • igbi says:

      In the cameroonian press written in french which I read some months ago, perhaps even a year ago, it was mentionned that when an armed man (boko haram) was spotted by cameroonian forces, their procedure was to ask him his intentions and let him go (with his freedom and his weapon of course), and those words were coming from a cameroonian minister. An other report talked about cameroonian gendarmes detaining boko haram terrorists and then freeing the cameroonian ones among them to their respective families. And of course you have all the propaganda reports claiming the terrorists are all Nigerians. If I recollect well, the most accurate cameroonian newspaper is camer.be (I might be wrong though). I guess you guys now understand why I wanted cameroon invaded by NA. Although I have to say that I like the new agreements signed and I congratulate presidents Goodluck Jonathan and François Hollande for that. I like when my country of residence is not antagonist to my country of birth.

    • igbi says:

      My bad, france is still using its media against Nigerian armed forces:
      http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2014/03/18/au-nigeria-boko-haram-elimine-des-villages-entiers-suspectes-d-avoir-collabore-avec-le-pouvoir_4385171_3212.html
      I hate to say this but france is not trust worthy. In the report from Le monde, france accuses Nigerian armed forces of the worst atrocities and it almost white washes boko haram. And it was published yesterday. What kind of sick game is france playing ?
      The french press is encourageing people to join boko haram. For God’s sake fellow Nigerians learn some french and understand for yourselves.

    • igbi says:

      I disclaim my latest statement, it seems the french media is not as monolithic as I thought, RFI, and AFP seem to mostly help boko haram with propaganda while france 24 doesn’t do that.
      http://www.france24.com/en/20140227-france-nigeria-hollande-goodluck-jonathan-security-trade/

  4. Tope says:

    UPDATE : France, Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin and Niger to Partner for Effective Offensive Against Boko Haram……..I’m not too Happy France is part of this, Cos this will give France Access to Sensitive Govt Material and need I remind this country we can only protect our Strategic Interest.

    See da Link Below :

    m.premiumtimesng.com/news/156947-exclusive-nigeria-france-cameroon-two-other-countries-sign-deal-on-massive-joint-offensive-against-boko-haram.html?wpmp_tp=1

    • igbi says:

      I see only two countries there: Nigeria and France. the rest are still under fren,ch rule. But I guess the idea is to deny the terrorists safe heavens Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin.

  5. Akin Oges says:

    Awareness level is getting better with our politicians:

    “ABUJA—Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has blamed the seeming difficulty in tackling the Boko Haram onslaught on Nigeria’s North-East on the infiltration of the sect by armed groups from neighboring countries.

    Yuguda, who spoke in a BBC interview monitored in Abuja, pleaded with the international community to collaborate with the Federal Government in curtailing the spate of attacks being unleashed by the terrorists in parts of the North.

    The governor said that the involvement of terrorists from neighboring countries had changed the face of the insurgency, making it more difficult to contain.

    “It is my belief that since some of the attackers come from across Nigeria’s northeast borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroon, the face of the insurgency has shifted from a national to an international operation.

    “Fighting a guerilla war is very difficult especially if you have pockets of insurgents in various locations that are not easily identifiable and accessible.

    “We have reasons to believe that this is not a national affair but an international one,” Yuguda alleged.

    The governor dismissed claims that the terrorists were better motivated than the Nigerian security agencies, pointing out that the soldiers have done their best to contain the militias.

    Reacting to the development, a group, Nigeria Arise Against Terror, NAAT, endorsed the call by Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State on the international community to urgently intervene in efforts by the Federal Government to stem the tide of terror currently ravaging the Northeast part of the country.

    The group in a statement by its Interim National Coordinator, Mr. Emeka Kanu-Nwapa, and National Publicity Secretary, Malam Abba Aliyu, said it had reasons to believe that most of the attacks in the region recently suggested that the war had gone beyond the Boko Haram and assumed an international face and character”.

    • igbi says:

      Oga Akin, How come it took so long for them to open their eyes ?
      Although I am happy they are finally taking things seriously.

  6. Tope says:

    @Akin Finally everyone is starting to see it for wat it is, An International Terrorist Organisation Grown from Local Politics and Religious Twisted Doctrine to one of Pure Social and Economic Destruction all In a Bid to Achieve an End Game! We must Resist their Antics…..Al-Shabaab, Ansaru, MUJAO, AQIM and Al-Qeada all want to have Terrorist havens in dia so called Islamic States this must Be Uprooted, We should realise we are at War let all this Well meaning Senators call for and Approve A 3 billion dollar Emergency Fund for da Tri Service Armed Forces Members immediately with a Focus for Procurement of Equipments and Kits and Finally for Upgrading and Expanding the @Akin Finally everyone is starting to see it for wat it is, An International Terrorist Organisation Grown from Local Politics and Religious Twisted Doctrine to one of Pure Social and Economic Destruction all In a Bid to Achieve an End Game! We must Resist their Antics…..Al-Shabaab, Ansaru, MUJAO, AQIM and Al-Qeada all want to have Terrorist havens in dia so called Islamic States this must Be Uprooted, We should realise we are at War let all this Well meaning Senators call for and Approve A 3 billion dollar Emergency Fund for da Tri Service Armed Forces Members immediately with a Focus for Procurement of Equipments and Kits and Finally for Upgrading and Expanding the @Akin Finally everyone is starting to see it for wat it is, An International Terrorist Organisation Grown from Local Politics and Religious Twisted Doctrine to one of Pure Social and Economic Destruction all In a Bid to Achieve an End Game! We must Resist their Antics…..Al-Shabaab, Ansaru, MUJAO, AQIM and Al-Qeada all want to have Terrorist havens in dia so called Islamic States this must Be Uprooted, We should realise we are at War let all this Well meaning Senators call for and Approve A 3 billion dollar Emergency Fund for da Tri Service Armed Forces Members immediately with a Focus for Procurement of Equipments and Kits and Finally for Upgrading and Expanding the @Akin Finally everyone is starting to see it for wat it is, An International Terrorist Organisation Grown from Local Politics and Religious Twisted Doctrine to one of Pure Social and Economic Destruction all In a Bid to Achieve an End Game! We must Resist their Antics…..Al-Shabaab, Ansaru, MUJAO, AQIM and Al-Qeada all want to have Terrorist havens in dia so called Islamic States this must Be Uprooted, We should realise we are at War let all this Well meaning Senators call for and Approve A 3 billion dollar Emergency Fund for da Tri Service Armed Forces Members immediately with a Focus for Procurement of Equipments and Kits and Finally for Upgrading and Expanding the Force.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Oga Igbi and Oga Tope, I would say better late than never brotherly. A crying shame we have this palava on our laps, a product of all the items Oga Tope listed above. However, the real toe curling embarrassment is the mental habination of our political class on matters of security. Ostensibly, before now, there was this subconscious mindset that our neigbours were weak banana republics that were not given to belligerence, therefore not threats. And we relaxed our shields and kicked back as a nation. Well, the chicken has come home to roost. We are learning slowly, and learning the hard way. God can provoke a man to behave properly by allowing a bit of challenges to correct and remove his head from the air bubble of “I am alright jack”. Perhaps, just perhaps, at the end of this season of sweat and blood, we (as a nation) will start doing things the right way. The theatrical ejaculations that currently pass as policies will give room to focused and fit for purpose people oriented policies.

  7. igbi says:

    According to this report, there is an audio tape which proves that turkish state owned air lines ship weapons into Nigeria.
    http://www.modernghana.com/news/530281/1/turkish-airlines-allegedly-ships-arms-to-nigeria-t.html

  8. igbi says:

    I just wanted to add this bit of info:
    Le Monde is a news paper very close to françois hollande’s party and they are doing propaganda for boko haram. I am trying to get info as to how to sue these news papers to court. They have money and they are a shadow side of the government.

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