Voice of America (Washington, DC)

6 August 2014

Cameroon: Boko Haram Militants Kill 10 in Cameroon Raid

Photo: Quotidien Mutations
Cameroonian soldiers.

Officials in Cameroon said Boko Haram militants from neighboring Nigeria raided a remote northern border town Wednesday, killing 10 people and kidnapping a child.

Police said the militants gunned down nine civilians and a soldier in the town of Zigague. State-run radio reported the kidnapped child is the daughter of a local chief.

The reason for the raid is unclear.

The militants are suspected in last month's kidnapping of a local religious leader in Cameroon and the deputy prime minister's wife.

Boko Haram extremists have killed thousands trying to turn northern Nigeria into a strict Islamic state.

Their violence often spills over into neighboring countries.

The group came under worldwide condemnation for kidnapping nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. About 219 are still being held hostage.

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