AFRICANGLOBE – At least 500 Cameroonian troops have been deployed to Chad to join a multinational force to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.
Cameroon’s 4th Military Region’s commander, Colonel Issa Babatura, told reporters on Thursday that at least 500 soldiers were deployed Wednesday and arrived the border of Chad on Thursday.
A Lake Chad Basin Commission — which includes Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — agreed this July to bring the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF)’s total troop strength up to some 10,500.
Supported by the African Union, the force is headquartered in Chadian capital Ndjamena.
Cameroon’s Defense Ministry announced in August that around 2,500 troops would join to MNJTF, tasked with eradicating Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist group.
Babatura also said that Nigerian army general, Iliya Abbah, who was appointed MNJTF commander in July, will decide soldiers’ military zones and responsibilities later.
Boko Haram, which has reportedly pledged allegiance to the ISIL militant group and now wants to be called the “Islamic State in West Africa Province” is known to have conducted several cross-border attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon in recent months.