An assault by Boko Haram jihadists in northern Cameroon final weekend left 37 lifeless, a safety official within the area stated Wednesday, revising the toll upward.
“As of at the moment, we now have 21 army and 16 civilian fatalities,” the supply stated.
An earlier toll stated a minimum of 26 individuals — 17 troopers and 9 civilians — had died, in one of many deadliest assaults in Cameroon by the Nigerian-based group.
The jihadists, armed with rocket launchers, attacked army positions on Darak, an island close to Lake Chad in Cameroon’s Far North area.
Fierce combating broke out with the troopers, which included the Cameroonian military and troops from the Multinational Joint Activity Power, a five-nation anti-jihadist mission.
The assailants succeeded in elevating their black flag earlier than being repelled.
Round 40 assailants have been captured, one other safety supply stated.
“Extra our bodies have been recovered from the water,” a supply stated.
A lot of the army fatalities have been sailors who had been despatched to the Lake Chad area as a part of the battle in opposition to Boko Haram, he stated.
Boko Haram has led a decade-long rebellion to ascertain a hardline Islamic state in Nigeria’s northeast, killing greater than 27,000 individuals and leaving 1.eight million homeless.
The insurgency has spilt into the Lake Chad area, the crossroads between Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, inflicting heavy lack of life, mass displacement and financial injury.
The multinational job power, headquartered within the Chadian capital Ndjamena, swimming pools troops from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
Cameroon’s armed forces are additionally grappling with an armed revolt by separatists in two English-speaking areas within the west of the nation.
In line with the Worldwide Disaster Group assume tank, 1,850 individuals have been killed within the home insurgency, whereas greater than 530,000 individuals have been pressured from their houses, in line with UN figures.