Suspected Boko Haram killers stormed the residence of a respected Muslim cleric in northern Cameroon on Saturday night and killed his son and his son’s friend before setting a nearby shop on fire.
Local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said on Sunday that the Nigerian militants stormed the town of Mozogo in Cameroon’s far north region and went straight to the residence of Maloum Hamizou, the Imam, and killed his son, Yaou, and his son’s friend, Oumaté. It was not clear if the Imam was at home when the killings took place.
Boko Haram has escalated attacks beyond the Nigerian borders since it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March. It killed hundreds of people in Cameroon last year while hundreds of thousands have fled their homes and farms.
Suicide bombings that used to occured mainly in Nigeria now take place more in Cameroon, especially along the border with Nigeria.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has vowed many times that the military will crush the terrorists within months but with the killings and bombings continuing, many are wondering if the 82-year old leader who has been in power for 34 years still has anything to offer to a country bent by poverty and gargantuan corruption, and now by terrorism.
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