Cameroonian authorities on Thursday disclosed that they arrested three suspected arms dealers believed to be linked to the deadly Boko Haram sect.
Street Journal also gathered that other suspected terrorists were arrested by Nigerian military men while attempting to escape into Cameroon through Taraba and Gumti, Adamawa State.
The men were caught in the far north of the country on Wednesday, near the border with Nigeria where the group
has been waging a brutal armed insurgency.
A Cameroonian police official who spoke to AFP on the conditon of anonimity said “members of the BIR (an elite rapid-response unit of Cameroon’s army) and the police found a significant stock of arms including a kalashnikov and rocket launchers near
Though the officer did not state where the men were from, he said the arms came from Chad.
“Three suspects were taken in for questioning, suspected of being among the arms traffickers that supply Boko Haram. The stock of weapons was sizeable, and we think the plan was to bring them through Cameroon before taking them to Nigeria,” he said.
Some members of the terrorist sect are believed to have fled to Cameroon due to the intense offensive launched against them by Nigerian forces.
Earlier this month, six suspected fighters and one Cameroonian soldier were killed in clashes after Boko
Haram infiltrated into neighbouring Cameroon.
A number of terrorists were also arrested in Adamawa State when they came out of hiding in the forest due to hunger in their make shift camps.
Those that were apprehended led the Nigerian forces to other
hideouts. Seven terrorists died, while a large number of Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, and rifles were
recovered including over 70 motorcycles. A similar encounter
in Gombi also led to the death of four other terrorists.