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Cameroon sentences 89 Boko Haram members

Cameroon sentences 89 Boko Haram members


In what has been hailed as a major triumph, 89 Boko Haram militants were on Wednesday sentenced to death in Cameroon.

More than 1000 others still await trial in the country.

Fifteen suicide bombings in Cameroon have been carried out since the beginning of the year.

Since 2013, 1,100 civilian and security lives have been claimed in attacks linked to Boko Haram.

A Multinational Joint Task Force comprising Nigeria, Chad , Cameroon and Benin was set up on March 20, 2015 to improve those countries’ coordination in fighting the group.

According to news agency, Newsweek, a video published in January 2015 has Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatening to attack Cameroon and assassinate President Paul Biya unless the country abandoned its secular constitution and embraced Islam.

One of the militant group’s atrocious acts was the kidnapping of 276 school girls in the north-eastern town of Chibok in Nigeria. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

In January, France donated military armour to Cameroon to aid the country in its fight against militant group.