Boko Haram massacre reported in Cameroon town killing 100 


Feb 5, Fotokol:

Boko Haram fighters have killed more than 100 people in the Cameroon town of Fotokol, killing residents inside their home and a mosque. The Islamist militants have attacked Muslims gathered for Morning Prayer at a mosque and other civilians in their homes, setting many buildings on fire.

The attack comes a day after a regional force said it had driven the militants from a Nigerian town near Fotokol.

The mass murder also comes along with a major regional offensive against Boko Haram, which has kidnapped hundreds and killed thousands in neighbouring northern Nigeria and has mounted increasingly bloody cross-border raids.

According to Cameroon’s L’Oeil du Sahel Newspaper, many of the dead were found with their throats cut.

Abatchou Abatcha, the civic leader told Reuter’s news agency over the telephone that on Wednesday,”Boko Haram entered Fotokol through Gambaru early in the morning and they killed more than 100 people in the mosque, in the houses and they burned property. The fighters also shot and killed one of his sons during the attack, he added.

“There are many [dead] civilians, nearly 70. The toll for the soldiers stands at six,” a source in Fotokol told AFP news agency on Wednesday, adding that there were also Boko Haram bodies “everywhere”.

Cameroon’s Information minister Issa Tchiroma said that the Cameroon army pushed Boko Haram out of Fotokol after heavy fighting.

On Tuesday, Chadian forces had enforced Boko Haram out of Fotokol into the Nigerian town of Gamboru, where 200 militants were killed and nine Canadian soldiers died.

The African Union recently agreed to post troops to battle Boko Haram.

Boko Haram was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in 2013. The militant Islamic group seeks to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria and has ruthlessly targeted civilians.

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