Combined military forces from Nigeria and Cameroon successfully freed hundred of hostages held by Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Kumshe (9 miles from the border between the two nations), Among those released were young girls who were being trained as suicide bombers.
According to a statement by Cameroonian General Jacob Kumshe, the forces also killed approximately 100 members of the jihadist militant group, which has pledged its allegiance to ISL and reportedly killed more than 20,000 people, as well as driving more than 2.8 million people in West Africa from the homes.
“Our boys are still on the field with Nigerian soldiers and have been given instructions to continue raids on all Boko Haram border villages until we defeat them,” he told the Associated Press.
Boko Haram first came to international attention when they kidnapped about 300 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok. Nigeria. Although dozens of the girls managed to escape on their own, more than 200 remain missing. Earlier this month Boko Haram burned children alive as part of an assault in the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria. 86 people were killed during the attack, which then spread to 2 nearby camps housing 25,000 people who had already fled the terrorists.
Boko Haram was founded by Mohammed Yusuf as a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist sect, influenced by the Wahhabi movement, which advocates a strict form of Sharia law. It developed into a Salafist-jihadi group in 2009, and began its campaign of terror in Nigeria in 2010. Since then it has since expanded into Cameroon, Niger and Chad, which have all banded together to help crush the Islamic extremist organization.