Overnight at least eight people were killed and around 100 were kidnapped close to Cameroon’s northern border in a suspected Boko Haram attack, a local government and military source told Reuters.
“Residents said the attackers headed back to Nigeria where Cameroon is not allowed to pursue them,” the source told Reuters.
A senior Cameroonian military officer, who is deployed in the north of Cameroon as part of an operation to control the overflow of violence committed by Boko Haram from Nigeria, told Reuters, that the attackers crossed over the boarder from Nigeria just after midnight.
Late last month Cameroon announced they would deploy an additional 2,000 troops to the northern border shared with Nigeria. This brought the number of troops deployed in the area to around 8,500 to combat the militant Islamist group. The force was put together by Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon in a joint effort to suppress the ever-increasing attacks by Boko Haram.