Boko Haram has drastically scaled down attacks in Cameroon in the recent months, security analysts said on Wednesday, suggesting a regional security force is gaining ground against the Islamist terrorists.
Boko Haram which is an official Islamic State branch based in Nigeria’s northeast region last year raided Cameroon and other neighbours including Mali, Chad, Niger and Benin to expand its ‘caliphate’ but those efforts have significantly been stemmed down according to International Crisis Group (ICG).
The report came days after security and U.N. sources said hundreds of Boko Haram fighters and their families had surrendered on another frontline in Chad.
Boko Haram has suffered heavy losses and has seen its conventional capacities reduced," the study said, partly courtesy to last year's formation of a 10,000-strong regional force with troops drawn from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Benin and Chad.
Recruitment is also faltering in Cameroon although forced enlistment remains a risk, ICG further noted in their analysis.
ICG study say faction around the Lake Chad Basin represents the stronger branch of the Boko Haram, loyal to Islamic State (IS) terrorist group currently led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
Another Boko Haram faction led by Abubaker Shekau is based further south in Nigeria's Sambisa forest.