Three villagers were beheaded during a weekend raid in Cameroon by Boko Haram jihadist fighters from neighbouring Nigeria, security forces said on Monday. The attacks took place on Sunday in the neighbouring villages of Tchebe-Tchebe and Dzaba, about 10km from the Nigerian border, said a security agent based in the region.
The raiders also set fire to land owned by villagers and a Catholic church, the source added.
Sunday’s violence followed a series of Boko Haram suicide bombings in the far north of Cameroon, which is taking part in a regional military campaign against the extremists.
The cross-border region is frequently attacked by Boko Haram, which launched its armed insurgency in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, at an estimated cost of more than 15 000 lives.