Tragedy when Boko Haram kills 13 villagers, including children
Boko Haram terrorists brutally murdered thirteen innocent residents on Friday.
According to AFP, eight of the victims are children.
The bloody attack came when a kamikaze woman blew herself up during a jihadist attack on a village in northern Cameroon, a traditional leader and police officer told AFP.
The far northern region of Cameroon is fighting deadly raids from neighboring Nigeria, where the uprising launched by Boko Haram in 2009 killed tens of thousands.
Mahamat Chetima Abba, a traditional leader or lamido from the village of Mozogo, said the attackers arrived in the middle of the night brandishing a machete.
In a panic, he said, the villagers tried to flee into the nearby forest, and during the stampede, the suicide bomber set off his device.
This story was confirmed by a member of the local defense committee, who said that his group was trying to repel the attack.
“Thirteen civilians have died, two of them four and five and six teenagers,” a regional police officer told AFP by telephone, on condition of anonymity.
Lamido confirmed the number, saying that among the dead were a woman and her three children.
Both attributed the attack to Boko Haram.
A police source said that, in addition to the kamikaze, another victim among the attackers was a man killed by self-defense forces.
“They have infiltrated the population – Boko Haram is causing more and more damage here,” Chetima Abba said.
“However, it looks like they no longer have the means to carry out massive attacks with firearms,” he said, noting that the attackers brought in a machete.
“They are using more and more homemade bombs,” he said.
On Monday, three members of the self-defense squad were killed in the neighboring village of Caliari.
More than 36,000 people have been killed, most of them in Nigeria, and three million people have fled their homes since the outbreak of the Boko Haram uprising in northeastern Nigeria in 2009.
Boko Haram and a splinter group called the Islamic State in West Africa province have intensified attacks in Nigeria and neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon in recent years.
Niger is also being attacked by jihadists crossing Mali.
An attack on two villages in the Tillaberi region of western Niger on Saturday resulted in 105 deaths – the highest number among Sahel civilians since the 2012 jihadist uprising in the region.