A joint military task force Consisting of Cameroon and Nigerian troops captured Boukar Kaou, one of the leaders of the Boko Haram insurgent group in a raid that resulted in the death of 58 militants belonging to the sect, according to the government of Cameroon.
According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s government spokesman, Kaou alongside five of his aides were apprehended in a fight in the Madawaya forest in North-eastern Nigeria along the Nigerian border with Cameroon in a fight that lasted for two days, from on May 10 to 11.
As official statements hold, no soldiers died on the mission that ended with 46 hostages freed, including 18 women and 28 children. Three Boko Haram camps were destroyed and a consignment of weapons uncovered.
The offensive on the Sect and subsequent detention of one of its leader Kaou, comes as countries engaged in the coalition fight against the group are meeting in Nigeria together with the French President Francois Hollande, to rebuild the impoverished region around Lake Chad, establish state authority an keep military pressure on Boko Haram in order to defeat the group.
The Islamist militant group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS has effectively been a nuisance after instigating a seven-year offensive that has resulted in the death of thousands of people and spilled over into neighbouring states like Cameroon, Chad and Niger, displacing over seven million people in these areas, according to the US government statistics.
In efforts against Boko Haram, the French President attended a meeting on Saturday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja alongside presidents of the former French colonies of Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin, as well as representatives of the US, Britain and European Union.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari relocated the army’s headquarters from the capital to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the insurgency, substituted his top military chiefs and vowed to recover billions of dollars stolen in defense spending corruption scandals. The Abuja talks are a follow up of the second regional security summit in Paris two years ago.