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Four dead in Boko Haram church attacks

25 January 2018

Boko Haram militants have set fire to two churches and several houses in the Far North region of Cameroon. Four people are reported to have died in the fire and many more were injured.

According to a military source, the insurgents stormed the village late at night setting fire to the Union des Eglise Evangelique Church (UEEC) and a Catholic church in Roum, Mayo-Tsanaga.

Four people died in the fire and 93 people were injured. The fire also destroyed dozens of houses, 20 storehouses where food supplies were stocked and 11 motorbikes. A health centre belonging to the UEEC was also attacked on the same night.

'We grow weary'

Boko Haram insurgents have stepped up suicide and sporadic attacks in the Far North region of Cameroon. Earlier this month, Boko Haram militants led an attack into Moskota, where they looted a community centre.

“They came in the night and looted what was kept in the premises,” a local church leader said. “During one of such attacks, they made away with several cows belonging to the population. We tried to run away also when they came, and sometimes we just grow weary of running when they attack, but we can't help it.”  

The Far North region of Cameroon has been most affected by Boko Haram insurgency as it borders with Nigeria, where the Islamic sect stems from. Niger's Diffa region and Chad's Lac region, which likewise border Nigeria, have also suffered attacks in 2017.

According to the BBC there have been more attacks by Boko Haram in 2017 than there were in 2016. This is despite Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari repeatedly saying that the jihadist group has been defeated.

Please pray

  • For those who lost loved ones in the fire and everyone who was injured
  • For wisdom and tact for the military forces working to rid the area of the Boko Haram fighters.

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