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Cameroon: 2000 Nigerians Sent Home In Fight against Boko Haram


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Thousands of illegal Nigerians who have been living illegally in Cameroon have been deported as part of new security initiatives aimed at preventing further attacks by Boko Haram Militants.Regional newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel reported that about 2,500 Nigerians had been "rounded up" in Kousseri, in the far north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday.

The newspaper also posted a photo on its Facebook page showing a number of departing trucks packed with many passengers.A number of reports have confirmed the latest development and claim the number may exceed 2000. The majority of these undocumented are from Kousseri.

However, some local NGO’s say most of those deported had fled Nigeria in fear of Boko Haram militants to take refuge in Cameroon.The deportations came just a day after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Cameroon for talks on how to deal with the growing regional threat from Boko Haram.

During the meeting, the two leaders pledged to strengthen cooperation between their two countries in the fight against the Islamic militants.Cameroon has been a target of Boko Haram militants in the past weeks.

Between July 12 and July 25, Cameroon's far north, suffered three suicide attacks -- two in the regional capital, Maroua -- leaving scores dead.Authorities in Cameroon's far north have taken major steps to improve security, including prohibiting women from wearing the full face-veil amid fears that suicide bombers could use the attire to hide weapons.

The insurgency which began in 2009 has left more than 15,000 people dead in Nigeria and has been increasingly spreading across the borders with Nigeria’s immediate neighbors-Chad and Cameroon suffering deadly suicide bombings in recent months.