At least 15 people have died after suspected Boko Haram militants have attacked a bus travelling in northern Cameroon.
Militants, suspected to have been from the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, have attacked a bus in northern Cameroon, killing at least 15 on board.
“Boko Haram elements on Thursday attacked a bus that was transporting many passengers from Kousseri to Maroua and killed 25 persons on the spot,” said a senior officer in the military’s BIR rapid reaction unit deployed in the region.
The officer, who asked not to be named, said another 10 people had been severely injured and taken to Maroua hospital and he feared the death toll would rise. Maroua is the capital of the Far North region, which has seen the worst of the spillover of Nigeria’s conflict.
Boko Haram, which has sought to establish an Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks on both sides of the border in recent months, prompting an immediate military response from Cameroon. Thousands of civilians have been killed as a result of the group’s insurgency.
Reports have also surfaced of Boko Haram capturing 40 boys and young men from a village in Nigeria over the New Year period. Many of the villages attacked by the group are remote and news of attacks takes several days to surface.