Yaounde, Cameroon – Governor of the far north region of Cameroon, Midjiyawa Bakari confirmed the death of a general and 5 others as a Cameroon helicopter crashed.
The governor stated that on the border with Nigeria, a Cameroon helicopter in battle with the Boko Haram rebels has crashed. The crash killed a total of six people including the commander of Cameroon’s troops.
Bakari confirmed the death of General Jacob Kodji on Sunday evening near the township of Bogo while doing his inspection. Also died during the crash were three top officials and two members of the crew.
Military personnel of other nearby countries have been battling Boko Haram insurgents who have extended their violent rebellion beyond Nigeria and into the neighboring countries within the Lake Chad region.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has appointed Kodji, who is a top officer of the Cameroon military, 17 months ago to fight against the Boko Haram.