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Cameroon Troops Kill 40 Boko Haram Militants in Far North

Sunday, 01 Jun 2014 10:48 AM

YAOUNDE — Cameroon security forces killed some 40 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the country's far north, state radio said on Sunday, shortly after the release of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun suspected to have been held by the Islamist group.

A presidency source confirmed the clashes, which took place west of the town of Kousseri, in the region bordering Nigeria and Chad. Cameroon, which has been criticized by Nigeria for not doing enough to fight the Nigeria-based Boko Haram, deployed some 1,000 troops to the far north this week as it steps up the fight against the Islamist militants.

The two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were freed two months after they were abducted in northern Cameroon by armed groups, the Vatican and the Italy's Foreign Ministry said.

Gianantonio Allegri, Giampaolo Marta and Gilberte Bussier were kidnapped April 5. The Italian Foreign Ministry thanked Canadian and Cameroon authorities, but didn't say where or when the abduction ended. At the time of the abductions, Vatican Radio said it wasn't ruled out that Boko Haram might have been behind their kidnappings.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Pope Francis had followed the case from the beginning.

"We thank the Lord that this case reached a positive conclusion," Lombardi said, adding a thought for others who have been abducted in conflict zones. "At the same time, we continue to pray and commit ourselves so that every form of violence, hate and conflict in various regions of Africa and in other parts of the world can be overcome."

Boko Haram's 5-year-old Islamic uprising based in northeastern Nigeria has claimed the lives of thousands of Muslims and Christians, including more than 1,500 people killed in attacks so far this year. A French priest abducted in northern Cameroon late last year was released in January, though there was never any claim of responsibility.

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Cameroon security forces killed some 40 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the country's far north, state radio said on Sunday, shortly after the release of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun suspected to have been held by the Islamist group.
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