Friday, December 6, 2013

Nigeria’s Boko Haram strikes again in Cameroon

Missionary killed, churches torched around time of French priest’s kidnapping

In April last year, churches were targeted
 by suspected Boko Haram militants.
 Some victims had their throats cut,
 while others were beaten to death or burned alive.
 Here is one of the survivors,
 whose name is being withheld to protect
 his security.
Cameroon Human Rights Monitoring
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.  

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