News ID: 265225
Published: 0501 GMT February 04, 2020

2 killed, 20 homes torched in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

2 killed, 20 homes torched in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked a village in northern Cameroon early Tuesday, torching homes and killing two civilians, just days before legislative and municipal elections, security sources said.

“Boko Haram made an incursion a little before 2:00 a.m. in Mozogo Village,” in the Extreme-Nord Province, “killing two people,” a police officer told AFP.

They torched about 20 homes and two motorbikes and stole another five motorcycles, the officer said.

An army officer confirmed the incident, Presstv Reported.

Security has been tightened in Cameroon ahead of Sunday's elections. Anglophone separatists are fighting government troops in western Cameroon while the north of the country has come under attack from Boko Haram.

Based in neighboring Nigeria, Boko Haram has stepped up attacks from bases hidden in the vast Lake Chad area, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria converge.

Cameroon says the group has carried out nearly 13,000 attacks on its territory since 2014, with the loss of “several thousand” lives.

The violence has forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes and triggered an influx of 60,000 people from Nigeria.

Boko Haram was formed in Nigeria, but attacks have spread to neighboring countries. The group has also split and a faction affiliated with the Daesh terrorist group, ISWAP, is particularly active around Lake Chad.

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