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10 villagers killed in Cameroon in suspected Boko Haram attack

Iran Press TV

Mon Oct 30, 2017 01:52PM

A suspected raid by terrorists of Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri group has left at least 10 people dead in a village in neighboring Cameroon.

The army and local officials in northern Cameroon said Monday that the attack, which took place in Gouderi village at 11 p.m. on Sunday, was presumably carried out by Boko Haram in retaliation for operations by Cameroon's army against the group.

"It looks like revenge because the army killed Boko Haram members in this village and forced others to retreat to Nigeria," said an army source.

Another senior source in the army said 11 villagers were killed after militants blitzed the village. However, local officials put the death toll at about 10.

More than 20,000 people have been killed and some three million displaced since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in Nigeria in 2009.

The attacks swiftly spread to neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon -- the three countries that have contributed to a regional anti-militant drive in Nigeria.

Boko Haram extremists, who are mostly based in areas to the north of Nigeria, have also taken shelter in neighboring countries to reorganize and resume attacks in Nigeria's Borno state and other regions.

Cameroon's semi-arid Far North region, where the Sunday attack took place, has been among the main territories targeted in Boko Haram attacks over the past eight years.

The Nigerian military claims that Boko Haram has become a spent force as a result of massive military operations that started in 2015. However, government forces have struggled over the past months to contain an increasing number of attacks by the group, especially those affecting civilians in crowded urban places.

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