Missionary killed, churches torched around time of French priest’s kidnapping
A missionary has been killed and several churches set ablaze in attacks by Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram in neighbouring Cameroon.
David Dina Mataware, with the Christian Missionary Foundation (CMF), was killed on November 13 by suspected Boko Haram militants in Ashigashia.
He was murdered on the same day as the kidnapping of a French priest, Father Georges Vandenbeusch.
Over the weekend of November 15-17, a number of incidents took place alongside the porous border of Nigeria and Cameroon. Dozens of properties, including Ewy church in Tourou (in Cameroon) were attacked while at least one church was set ablaze and destroyed on the Nigerian side of Ashigashia.
At least four people were killed and many others wounded and transferred to health centres. Despite the reinforcement of security forces in the area, villagers fear continued attacks from Islamist militants from Nigeria.