Six killed in Boko Haram Cameroon attack

Lake Chad Basin. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

At least six people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in the Far north region of Cameroon on Sunday night, media reported.

The L'Oeil du Sahel (Eye of the Sahel), a newspaper with a keen interest on northern Cameroon, confirmed the casualties of the incursion in the locality of Hitawa in the Mayo-Tsanaga division.

The publisher, Mr Guibai Gatama, said: “About 100 houses, a church and four shops were burnt,” besides the human casualties.

The Cameroon government had yet to comment on attack, but Yaoundé blamed previous ones in the region on the Nigerian jihadist group, the Boko Haram, which hardly claims responsibility.

Northern Cameroon has in recent years suffered from the overflow of violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgents.

Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009, aiming to create an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, but has since spread its mutiny to countries neighbouring the Lake Chad.

Last week, the United Nations said the Boko Haram conflict had inflicted devastating impacts on the population of the Lake Chad basin, including the forceful closure of hundreds of educational institutions and an alarming rise in food insecurity and severe malnutrition.

UNHCR said over 7.2 million people in the Lake Chad basin were food insecure in September 2017.

The Boko Haram insurgency has killed at least 20,000 people and forced another 2.4 million others to flee their homes in northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, according to reports.

The UN refugee agency and its humanitarian partners are seeking $157 million to help the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad basin.

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