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Boko Haram kills 10 civilians in Cameroon village: security sources


Boko Haram militants

Boko Haram militants

Islamist fighters from Nigeria’s Boko Haram group have 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” Thursday to Friday, 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, has been identified previously by security forces as a recruiting ground for Boko Haram militants.

The Nigerian-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.

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