On August 2nd, suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed at least 16 people and wounded 7 in a grenade attack on a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon.
“The toll is currently 16 dead; it is clear that it was Boko Haram that was responsible,” local mayor Mahamat Chetima Abba told the AFP news agency.
“There had been a relative calm for a few weeks, but they took advantage of their knowledge of the terrain to bypass surveillance points and the positions of the security forces. They surprised us,” Abba said.
Another local politician, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the area where the attack took place as one in which people would “hide” from Boko Haram attacks.
The camp, in the village of Nguetchewe is home to around 800 people and is on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.
All the people in the camp have fled from Islamist terrorists in the Sahel.
District mayor Medjeweh Boukar said that the terrorists threw a grenade into a group of sleeping people.
Boukar was informed by residents that 16 had died. A security official earlier said 15 had died. The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital, they said.
“The attackers arrived with a woman who carried the grenade into the camp,” Boukar said, adding that women and children were among the dead.
In just the last 30 days there have been twenty incursions and attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in Cameroon, meaning that the chaos in the Sahel is now threatening to spill in all surrounding countries.
The violence, which has killed an estimated 30,000 people and displaced millions, frequently spills over into neighboring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
In Chad on July 31st, Boko Haram killed at least 10 civilians and kidnapped seven others in an attack on a village in the Lake Chad region.
A week before the attack on August 2nd, the Cameroon army announced they had killed five Boko Haram fighters.
In June last year, approximately 300 suspected Boko Haram fighters swarmed onto an island on Lake Chad in Cameroon’s Far North and killed 24 people, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers stationed at military outposts.
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