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FBI steps in to help Cameroon fight Boko Haram

Monday 15 February 2016 10:30

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General Jacob Kodji, said that the Cameroonian Defence Ministry had approached the United States for help in dealing with Boko Haram.

General Jacob Kodji, said that the Cameroonian Defence Ministry had approached the United States for help in dealing with Boko Haram.(REUTERS)

Experts from the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have stepped in to help the Cameroon military against new strategies being employed by the Islamic insurgent group Boko Haram.

The United States is training the Cameroon army in techniques of detecting and counteracting land mines and explosive devices, reported the Voice of America (VOA) on Sunday.

The US assistance follows Boko Haram’s new strategy of increasing the use of land mines and suicide bombings, said VOA.

The commander of Cameroonian troops fighting Boko Haram, General Jacob Kodji, said that the Cameroonian Defence Ministry had approached the US for help in dealing with the new threat.

Kwene Beltus, one of Cameroon’s senior military officials fighting the Boko Haram insurgency, said the insurgents’ ability to launch massive attacks had been drastically reduced by raids organised by Cameroonian and Nigerian soldiers on Boko Haram strongholds in the border regions, reported VOA.

As a result the insurgents had now resorted more to suicide bombings and the use of land mines.

"They put explosives on the road. They know that when the car will pass on those explosives everything will be blown off,"said Beltus.

"It is their new strategy that they use now. They know that those friends, those Nigerian army friends that will come to help us will pass on those explosives and will be destroyed."

Christian Erhardt, a senior official in charge of security at the American Embassy in Yaounde, said: "Boko Haram is threatening the entire sub-region’s stability and the United States is committed to helping Cameroon and its partners in the region with ensuring the stability."

Cameroon was forced to close its borders with Nigeria last month due to the insurgents frequently using the roads.

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