Boko Haram fighters flee Cameroon
Boko Haram fighters who attacked a town in the far north of Cameroon, killing nearly 100 people, have retreated to Nigeria, according to Cameroonian officials.
Cameroonian soldiers assisted by forces from Chad chased hundreds of Islamic extremists out of the town of Fotokol, a government spokesman said..
Boko Haram's assault inside Cameroon marked an escalation by the Nigerian-based militants who are blamed for killing more than 10,000 people last year.
After being bombed out of several Nigerian towns, hundreds of Boko Haram fighters responded by attacking Fotokol in Cameroon, razing mosques and churches and warning Nigeria's neighbours not to join the battle against their insurgency.
Last week, African leaders authorised a 7,500-strong force to fight the extremists, including pledges of troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.
Boko Haram fighters later attacked a border town inside neighbouring Niger, according to residents.
Abba Hassan, a pharmacist in the town of Bosso, said the militants were repelled by soldiers after an hour-long battle.
The region of Niger where the violence took place is an area where refugees have arrived by the thousands seeking safety from Boko Haram attacks elsewhere.