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100 killed in Boko Haram revenge attack in north Cameroon town
« on: February 05, 2015, 01:44:37 PM »

Boko Haram fighters have killed more than 100 people in a revenge attack on the north Cameroon town of Fotokol, murdering residents inside their homes and burning down a mosque.

The massacre comes amid a major regional offensive against the Islamic group, most recently the killing of over 200 Boko Haram militants by the Chadian army in the town of Gamboru 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," said the civic leader Abatchou Abatcha, reached by telephone.

The militants shot and killed one of his sons during the raid, he added.

Many of the dead were found with their throats slit, according to Cameroon's L'Oeil du Sahel newspaper.

Cameroon's information minister Issa Tchiroma declined to comment on the massacre. He said the Cameroon army pushed Boko Haram out of the border town after heavy fighting, which killed 50 militants and six of its own soldiers.

The Sunni Muslim jihadist group is seen as the main security threat to Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer which holds a presidential election on 14 February. The African Union last week authorised a regional force of 7 500 troops to fight the militants.


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