File Photo of Boko Haram Captured
The joint military task force from Cameroon and Nigeria  has captured a military commander in the Boko Haram sect, Boukar Kaou during a raid in Madawaya forest in Borno state near the border with Cameroon.

During the raid in which 58 militants died, according to Cameroon’s government.

A statement released yesterday by a spokesperson of the Cameroonian government, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, states that the sect leader and 5 of his aides were arrested on May 10th and 11th. 

Over 50 of the sect members were killed during the attack while none of the soldiers in the joint task force died during the attack.

Kaou and five of his aides were captured in fighting in the Madawaya forest in northeastern Nigeria near the border with Cameroon on May 10 and 11, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, a spokesman for Cameroon’s government said in a statement read on state radio.

No soldiers died and 46 hostages were freed, including 18 women and 28 children, according to the statement. Three Boko Haram camps were destroyed and a consignment of weapons was found.

The detention of Kaou comes as French President Francois Hollande prepares to push for rebuilding the impoverished region around Lake Chad and establish state authority while keeping military pressure on Boko Haram.

The Islamist militant group has been waging a seven-year offensive that killed tens of thousands of people and spilled over into Cameroon, Chad and Niger, displacing as many as seven million people, according to the US government.


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