Boko Haram fighters terrorise Cameroon

2015-09-16 17:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Boko Haram killed at least 380 civilians in Cameroon since last year, and the country's security forces have caused dozens more deaths in their pursuit of the Islamic militants, a report from Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

"As Boko Haram has brought its violence to Cameroon, civilians have come increasingly under fire," Alioune Tine, the group's director for West and Central Africa, said in a statement.

"By killing indiscriminately, destroying civilian property, abducting people and using children as suicide bombers, they have committed war crimes and caused untold fear and suffering to the civilian population," he said.

Tine also accused Cameroonian security forces of "serious violations" in their response to Boko Haram, charging them with raiding villages, destroying homes, killing civilians and detaining more than 1 000 suspects.

Cameroon's government was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

"People have been arbitrarily arrested, and many held in inhumane conditions which have led to dozens of deaths," Tine said.

The majority of those detained are held in appalling conditions at Maroua prison, where overcrowding, lack of sanitation and inadequate health care led to the deaths of at least 40 prisoners between March and May 2015 alone.

Based on three research missions and 160 interviews, the report documents how Boko Haram killed the 380 civilians in northern Cameroon since January 2014.

Boko Haram, which seeks to establish an Islamic state, has killed an estimated 14 000 people since 2009, mostly in northeastern Nigeria.

Read more on:    ai  |  isis  |  boko haram  |  cameroon  |  central africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.