February 16, 2016 5:47 am

Cameroon forces kill 162 Boko Haram militants, retake town

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Nigerian Soldiers man a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram.

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Cameroon’s government says its soldiers have retaken Nigeria’s northeastern town of Goshi from Boko Haram, killing 162 militants in a weekend operation.

Communications minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said late Monday that Cameroon special forces also freed about 100 people being held by the extremists, including Cameroonians and Nigerians. He said two members of Cameroon’s military were killed.

Bakary said the operation from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 destroyed several bomb factories and two training centres in the former Boko Haram stronghold, and soldiers seized vehicles, weapons and ammunition.

Amnesty International says Nigerian-based Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people in its six-year insurgency.

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