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Boko Haram kills 22 in Cameroon, Nigeria

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 7:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Boko Haram militants, the deadly Islamist sect, has killed no fewer than 10 people in overnight attacks on two villages in northern Cameroon, military source said on Friday.

It also killed 12 persons in northeast Nigeria.

Solders from Nigeria, alongside troops from neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon, have driven Boko Haram out of many border areas seized by the group this year, and this was the first attack reported in Cameroon in weeks.

“There were consecutive attacks by Boko Haram in Bia and Blaberi in the district of Kolofata in the early morning,” said one Cameroonian officer, who asked not to be named.

He said the militants had fled across the nearby border into Nigeria by the time the army arrived.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in its six-year bid to carve out an Islamist state in northeast Nigeria, and has stepped up attacks in neighbouring countries over the past year.

Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, who beat Goodluck Jonathan in an election in late March, has vowed to crush the group and try to find more than 200 schoolgirls it kidnapped a year ago.

The terrorists slit the throats of 12 people in northeast Nigeria as the Army was trying to evacuate civilians from the area, a military source and a witness told Reuters on Friday.

The Islamist group has been driven out of much of the huge swath of territory it controlled at the start of the year, owing to a concerted push by troops from Nigeria and neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

The town of Gwoza, in mountainous terrain, was one of the last places to fall, on March 27, and there are still pockets of Boko Haram activity in the area, security sources say.

“Just as troops were trying to evacuate some civilians from the hills so as to safeguard them from a planned air strike, some Boko Haram attacked them and slit the throats of 12 people,” a military source said of the attack.

A witness, Jonas Musa, said his parents were among the victims. He said soldiers had moved one wave of people from the hills around Gwoza, but before they could go back for the second, the attackers struck.