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Cameroon sacks army officers after suspected Islamist attacks

This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows a convoy of army soldiers as part of a reinforcement against Nigerian Islamist group Boko HaramYaoundé (AFP) – Cameroon’s president has dismissed two senior army officers deployed in the country’s restive north after at least 15 people died in attacks blamed on Nigeria’s Islamist Boko Haram movement, state radio reported Wednesday. Paul Biya on Tuesday sacked Lieutenant-Colonel Tchanuo Ngongang, commander of the 34th motorised infantry battalion based at Kousseri, in a region where the armed Islamist group has carried out a series of attacks against Cameroonian civilians and the military. A presidential decree read by the radio station said Colonel Gedeon Youssa, a gendarmerie commander in the north, was also fired. No reason was given for Biya’s decision which came after at least 15 people were killed in the two attacks blamed on Boko Haram in Cameroon’s north which borders Nigeria.

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