Their tear-stained faces show the toll of not knowing the fate of their daughters. Mothers of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists still hold out hope of their rescue, as the country extends its state of emergency.
Cameroon security forces killed some 40 Boko Haram
militants in clashes in the country's far north, state radio said Sunday, shortly after the release of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun suspected to have been held by the Islamist group.
A presidency source confirmed the clashes, which took place west of the town of Kousseri, in the region bordering Nigeria and Chad. Cameroon, which has been criticised by Nigeria for not doing enough to fight the Nigeria-based Boko Haram, deployed some 1,000 troops to the far north this week as it steps up the fight against the Islamist militants.
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