Boko Haram kills 6 children, 3 adults in northern Cameroon

2015-07-21 10:15
Boko Haram (File: AFP)

Boko Haram (File: AFP)

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Yaounde - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents burnt at least six children and three adults during an attack on a village in northern Cameroon, officials and witnesses said on Tuesday.

At least 11 others were injured when gunmen torched more than 300 homes in the village of Kamouna, which borders Nigeria, on Monday.

"The village of Kamouna has been completely destroyed. There are so many deaths, particularly women and children," resident Abba Abagana told dpa by telephone.

"There was no exchange of gun fire. The assailants simply torched the village," regional governor Midjiyawa Bakary said from Maroua, the capital of the Far North Region.

Security forces were investigating the incident, according to Bakary.

The attack comes less than a week after two suicide bombers killed a dozen people in the town of Fotokol in the Far North Region.

Boko Haram, which seeks to establish a state with its very strict interpretation of Islamic law, has killed more than 14 000 people since 2009.

The group regularly infiltrates neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad from its bases in Nigeria.

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