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Boko Haram: 6 Die During Terrorist Attack On Kouyape In Cameroon

Six persons were killed during last night a Boko Haram terrorist attack on the village of Kouyape in the Far North Region of Cameroon, from Monday night to early Tuesday morning.Ā 

According to eye-witness accounts, the Boko Haram terrorists attacked the village of 1,200 people situated in Kolofata subdivision in Mayo-Sava division of the Far North Region, at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.Ā 

The attackers were about 100.

The village vigilante group alerted the Rapid Intervention Battalion of the Cameroon army popularly known by its French acronym BIR as the attack was in progress and the soldiers swung into action forcing the Boko Haram fighters to retreat.Ā 

As the terrorists were about to withdraw from the village, a kamikaze bomber detonated an improvised explosive device which led to the on-the-spot death of four villagers.

Seven civilians were also seriously wounded and one terrorist was killed by the army.

Meanwhile, the Boko Haram suicide bomber also died in the blast making a total of six fatal casualties.

The wounded were Tuesday morning transported to the Mora hospital.Ā 

However, before leaving the locality, the Boko Haram attackers abducted an infant whom they took along with them.

It should be recalled that Boko Haram attacks in the Far North Region which had diminished to trickles in recent years have within the past months spiked to alarming proportions with hardly a week passing without major attacks.

Though soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) grouping soldiers from Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad have been doing a great job hemming in the terrorists, it would appear local sleeper cells of the jihadists are recently being reinforced by ISIS and ISWAP fighters from out of the region.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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