More than 100 suspected Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram militants were killed and over 200 arrested during an operation conducted by Camerounian army on Friday night in the far-north region of Cameroun, an army source told Xinhua over the phone Saturday.
According to Xinhua, the operation took place in Doble, a place in the far-north region bordering Nigeria, and was conducted by Cameroun Air Force and Rapid Intervention Battalion, an elite army unit stationed in the region.
During the operation, three Camerounian air force pilots were seriously injured, the source said.
In the same night, 23 Camerounian civilians were killed and a village was burned by the suspected Boko Haram militants in Mozogo, a place in the far-north region.
The suspected Boko Haram militants are active in the north of Cameroun, they often attack villages in the area, pillaging properties of the villagers and sometimes taking foreign and local people as hostages.
The Camerounian government has strengthened the military might this year by sending more troops to the north to fight the militants.