Nigeria has sealed parts of its border with neighboring Cameroon to help combat an Islamist insurgency that has left more than 200 people dead this year.
â€œThe measure is in furtherance of ongoing security operationsâ€ in the area, Nigerian military spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a text message. An attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist group on the village of Izge, near the border with Cameroon, on Feb. 15 killed dozens of people.
Since President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in the northeastern provinces of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa last May, the army says it has gained ground against Boko Haram. The group is fighting to impose Islamic Shariah law in Nigeria, Africaâ€™s biggest oil producer, and is designated a terrorist organization by the U.S.