Aftermath Chad Offensive: Boko Haram Kills 70 Civilians, Burn Mosque

BOKO Haram fighters killed nearly 70 civilians and six soldiers in an onslaught on the Cameroon border town of Fotokol, on Wednesday, a Cameroon security source told AFP. “There are many (dead) civilians, nearly 70. The toll for the soldiers stands at six,” said the source in Fotokol, adding that there were also Boko Haram bodies “everywhere.” The attack came a day after Chad sent troops across the border to flush the jihadists out of the Nigerian town of Gamboru, which lies some 500 metres (yards) from Fotokol on the other side of a bridge. Chad’s army said it had killed more than 200 Boko Haram militants in the intervention, the first by regional forces against Boko Haram on its home ground. But some of the insurgents escaped and slipped back across the border into Fotokol at dawn to make a fresh stand. “Boko Haram inflicted so much damage here this morning. They have killed dozens of people,” Umar Babakalli, a resident of Fotokol, told AFP by telephone. Several residents said civilians’ throats were slit and the town’s main mosque was torched. “They burnt houses and killed civilians as well as soldiers,” a source close to security forces said. Another resident, who had fled to another town, told AFP he knew of, at least, 10 people who had been killed. After several hours of clashes, Cameroon troops, backed by Chadian forces who scrambled back from Nigeria to help guard the town, managed to repel the assault. “People are coming back little by little to assess the damage. The survivors among the attackers have left the town,” a source close to the Cameroon security services said. The sound of automatic gunfire could still be heard on Wednesday in Gamboru, as the troops combed the town for remaining rebel elements.   CREDIT:  http://www.tribune.com.ng/

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