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Nigeria: Cameroon not helping fight extremists

21 November 2013, 23:43

Maiduguri - Officials in Nigeria battling an Islamic uprising are accusing Cameroon's security forces of allowing extremists to flee across the border.

Deputy Governor Zannah Umar Mustapha of Nigeria's Borno state says Cameroonian authorities habitually refuse to either arrest or chase militants fleeing after attacks in Nigeria.

At a meeting on Wednesday with army officials, Mustapha called for a stronger military on the porous borders.

Cameroonian Governor Fonka Awa Augustine of the Far North region neighbouring Nigeria has said he is puzzled by such complaints.

He said Cameroon is "in full collaboration" with Nigeria and has "stepped up" co-operation since a French priest was kidnapped last week in northern Cameroon by suspected Nigerian militants and transported into Nigeria.

- AP


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