Yaoundé (AFP) – Cameroon soldiers clashed with Boko Haram fighters in the Cameroonian border town of Fotokol on Wednesday as part of a regional push to combat the Islamists, security sources said.
The Islamists “entered this morning,” a Cameroonian security source said, after Chadian troops retook the Nigerian town of Gamboru just across the border. “Fighting between them and our soldiers is really intense.”
Around 2,000 Chadian troops backed by armoured vehicles crossed the border into Gamboru from Fotokol after days of clashes with the insurgents.
By Tuesday evening, the troops had taken control of the town, according to an AFP journalist in Gamboru, leaving scenes of desolation, with houses destroyed, shops gutted and trucks charred.
The residents and remaining fighters appeared to have fled.
No official death toll from the fighting was immediately available. A Chadian military source said eight Chadian soldiers were killed and around 20 injured.
The AFP journalist saw bodies lying on the ground.
“We have routed this group of terrorists,” the commander of the Chadian contingent Ahmat Dari told AFP, vowing to continue the fight against the insurgents “until the end”.