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Boko Haram Strikes Again: 90 Killed, 500 Wounded in Cameroon 

Despite measures by Cameroonian authorities to combat Boko Haram, the extremist group has continued to cause havoc in the north of the country. About 90 persons were killed and another 500 wounded Thursday after the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram attacked the town of Fotokol in northern Cameroon.

Security sources in Yaoundé told us that between 800 and 1000 Boko Haram militants breezed into the border town from Nigeria, firing a hail of bullets in the air, and then subsequently stormed residences. The fighters, the sources said, tried to ascertain allegiances of residents they found, sparing the lives of those they believed adhered to their extremist cause, while slitting the throats or gunning down those that they perceived as being hostile to their ideology. Many others were killed or wounded through indiscriminate shooting by Boko Haram as well as the gun battle that ensued between the   group and Cameroonian soldiers, our sources said.

Although our sources insisted that they were sure at least 90 persons had been killed in the Boko Haram offensive, they said precise figures will only be established after calm returns to the area, but feared that the figure could rise dramatically. More deaths, our sources explained, could result from poor medical infrastructure and the shortage of qualified medical personnel in the area.

In the past week, the Cameroonian and Chadian governments have boasted of successes in combating Boko Haram, through cooperation between the armies of both countries, but this latest  incident is a reminder that the battle against the militant group is far from over.

The African Union (AU) has equally deployed half a dozen thousand troops to combat Boko Haram, and the organisation is soliciting more support from the UN: