Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 23 in Cameroon village

More than 80 militants reportedly stormed the village, its second attack in two weeks

Justin Carissimo
Tuesday 21 July 2015 04:43 BST
Cameroonian soldiers patrol on 12 November 2014 in Amchide, northern Cameroon.
Cameroonian soldiers patrol on 12 November 2014 in Amchide, northern Cameroon. (Reinnier Kaze/AFP/Getty Images)

The terror group may be responsible for more deaths after a Sunday night attack on the northern strip of Cameroon.

Pastor Edward Ngosu, a Nigerian missionary, told the Associated Press on Monday that more than 80 militants stormed the village where he's been located the past four years.

The pastor said that armed soldiers tried to protect the village but were quickly overwhelmed by the attackers — resulting in 23 deaths of the locals.

Bachirou Ahmad, another resident, told the AP that residents asked for military protection after a suspected raid last week. Livestock were reportedly stolen from the area in days prior to the attack.

Earlier this year, the Nigerian based terror group pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group. The northern section of Cameroon was targeted last week as bombs were planted at a local bar, killing 14 villagers.

In a recent interview with Vice News, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari condemned the terror group, clarifying that the group is anything but Islamic — and that no religious group would take the lives of innocent people.

"To go and kill people in churches and mosques, and slaughter children in their sleep and school, bomb people in the market places, in Moto parks and say "Allahu Akbar" — I say this only means one thing, you either don't believe in God, or you don't know what you are saying."

"So I think that Boko Haram have to be severely kept away from Islam. They are not Islamic, they could be anything but they are not Muslims," he added.

On Monday, US president Barack Obama welcomed the Nigerian president at the White House as Mr Buhari vowed to end the terror's groups regime. Mr Obama praised Nigeria's newly elected president and hoped to provide military aid to end the crisis.

"[Buhari] has a very clear agenda in terms of rooting out the corruption that too often has held back the economic growth and prosperity of his country," Mr Obama said.

Additional reporting by Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Associated Press

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