Boko Haram kills 7, abducts about 30 in Cameroon, Nigeria
Iran Press TV
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:56PM
Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists have abducted nearly 30 people, including eight Cameroonian young girls, and killed seven others in two separate bus hijackings in Cameroon and Nigeria.
Residents in northern Cameroon said on Tuesday that the Nigeria-based militants hijacked a bus in an area about 11 miles (18 kilometers) from the border on Sunday, killing seven people and abducting eight young girls.
Chetima Ahmidou, the principal of a school in the area, said the bodies of the victims had been abandoned near Cameroon's border with Nigeria.
The kidnapped girls, aged between 11 and 14, were taken back to Nigeria by the terrorists, Ahmidou added.
In another attack on the same day across the border in Nigeria, the militants held up a bus in Akada-Banga village of Bama district and ran away with about 20 hostages, including women and children, according to an intelligence officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Boko Haram has intensified its attacks in Cameroon and Niger over the past week after the two countries together with Benin and Chad, Nigeria's other neighbors, pledged to create an 8,700-strong force to fight the militancy, which has been spilling over beyond the country's borders.
In April 2014, Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 girls from their secondary school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. Reports say 57 of the students managed to escape, but 219 are still missing.
The abduction case drew international condemnation. The Nigerian administration has been heavily criticized for failing to secure the release of the kidnapped girls.
Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden," says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.
It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its operations in 2009, which have left over 13,000 people dead and 1.5 million displaced.
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