Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 23 in Cameroon

Yaounde, Dec 27 (IANS) Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 23 people and burned a village down in Cameroon’s Far-North Region, according to a Cameroon army source Saturday.

The attack took place in Mozogo, a locality near the Nigerian border, Xinhua reported.
The locality hosts over 8,000 Nigerian refugees living in a makeshift camps, where five people were killed in an attack by militants in November, the source said.
Boko Haram militants, who have strengthened their attacks on northern Cameroon since 2013, clashed with the Cameroonian army in Amchide, Makari and Waza, and three other localities in the Far-North Region Friday and Saturday.
The source said that the Cameroonian army managed to repel the simultaneous attacks, adding, “The situation is stable for the moment,” and that no casualties were recorded on either side.
The name Boko Haram, translated from a local dialect, means “non-Islamic education is a sin”.
The Boko Haram has become a major security threat in neighbouring Nigeria since 2009 and according to the Nigerian government, this radical Islamist terror group has killed more than 3,000 people this year.
Earlier this month, Cameroon’s army had killed 116 Boko Haram fighters when the insurgents attacked an army base in the far north region of Amchide.