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Cameroon's commander in Boko Haram's fight died in accident

Cameroon's commander in Boko Haram's fight  died in accidentFour Cameroonian soldiers, including a general who was coordinating the fight against Nigerian Boko Haram Islamists, were killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash.

The commander, General Jacob Kodji also died in the crash near Bogo, a village in the Far North region, while on an inspection mission, a top military official said.

"We lost four men, including the general (Jacob Kodji)" and a colonel, a senior military official who is involved in the fight against Boko Haram said, according to AFP.

"They were on a mission in Waza Park as part of an operation to battle Boko Haram," he said.

Authorities say two crew members also died in the crash.

A local government official confirmed the deaths. The cause of the crash is still unknown, the government said in a statement.

General Jacob Kodji was the leader of Emergence 4, the name given to one of the operations launched by Cameroon against Boko Haram. As the fight against the Nigerian jihadists raged, Kodji was prompted in August 2015 to general by President Paul Biya. He is the first Cameroonian general to die in the battle against Boko Haram.

Boko Haram's brutal insurgency, launched in northern Nigeria in 2009, has spread across the border to Cameroon, Chad and Niger. At least 20,000 people have been killed and some 2.6 million displaced in the violence.

Since Nigeria announced a key victory against Boko Haram jihadists in December, claiming the group had been routed from its Sambisa Forest bastion, its ally Cameroon had intensified operations along its northern border.
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