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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cameroon Appeals For International Military Aid To Fight Boko Haram

Cameroon's President, Paul Biya, has
appealed for international military
help to fight Islamist militant group
Boko Haram, which during the week
threatened to step up its cross-
border raids into the country from
Nigeria.
The Nigerian group is part of a
"global" movement that has
attacked Mali, the Central African
Republic and Somalia in its drive to
establish its authority from the
Indian Ocean to the Atlantic, Biya
said.
"A global threat calls for a global
response. Such should be the
response of the international
community, including the African
Union and our regional
organizations," he said in a New Year
speech on Thursday to diplomats at
the presidential palace.
He said that he regretted that a
regional military force against the
Islamists had yet to be established.
At least 15 people were killed in an
attack on a bus in north Cameroon
on New Year's day.
A man purporting to be Boko
Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau,
threatened in a video posted online
during the week to step up violence
in Cameroon unless it scrapped its
constitution and embraced Islam.
Biya did not comment on the video
in his speech.
The country has deployed more
troops to its Far North region and
has killed hundreds of the Islamist
fighters. New laws aimed at
stamping out the militants were also
helping, Biya said.
"Although weakened by the losses it
has suffered, our foe nonetheless
remains capable of bouncing back,"
he said.
The German government donated
120 all-terrain vehicles to
Cameroon's military in November.
Boko Haram is the main security
threat to Nigeria, Africa's leading
energy producer and biggest
economy and also threatens Chad
and Niger.
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