Cameroon's military said on Tuesday that it had killed more than 100 Boko Haram fighters who traveled from Nigeria to attack a town just across the border, according to state media. Citing a statement from the Communication Ministry, the outlet Cameroon Radio Television said that during the battle in Fotocol on Saturday the army fired mortars at the fighters and pushed them back into Nigeria. It said no Cameroonian soldiers were killed in the fighting.
Fotocol is just over the border from Nigeria's Borno state, the birthplace of the Boko Haram armed group and the region hardest hit by the group’s violent campaign to seize territory for an "Islamic caliphate."
Thousands of Nigerians have fled into Cameroon to escape the violence, but now the armed group is attacking towns in Cameroon, too. Boko Haram fighters were pushed back toward the Nigerian border town of Gamboru Ngala – separated only by a footbridge from Cameroon – which they seized over a week ago, Agence France-Presse reported.
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