Boko Haram continue reign of terror, kill 10 in Cameroon village

  • AFP, Yaoundé
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2015 10:56 IST

Islamist fighters from Nigeria's Boko Haram continued their reign of terror as the group killed at least 10 civilians in a cross-border raid on a village in northern Cameroon, security sources told AFP on Friday.

"Boko Haram attacked the village of Bia overnight" one source said, on condition of anonymity. "The toll is 10 civilians killed and a large number of livestock stolen."

A source within the administration said there had been "a dozen deaths" in the raid.

Bia, in the Far North region, which borders Lake Chad, had been identified previously by security forces as a recruiting ground for Boko Haram militants.

The Nigeria-based Islamists also attacked a Cameroon army position in Amchide, on the border with Nigeria.

"They burned houses in Amchide, but without losses on our side. The attack was repulsed. We don't know yet about casualties on the enemy side," the security source said.

Cameroon is taking part in a four-country offensive against Boko Haram, together with Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

Recently Nigeria marked the first anniversary of Boko Haram's abduction of 219 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok.

The Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, according to a statement by Amnesty International.

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