Heavily armed men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group, numbering about 300, have attacked a locality of Gorsi Tourou in North Cameroon, killing an undisclosed number of people, burning churches and looting property.
The village chief, Moussa Sambo, who was invited by Cameroonian authorities to the capital Yaounde, told Voice Of American (VOA) the invaders had been on the hills of Gorsi Tourou for five days.
He said it all started on Friday at about 5pm when there was a heavy downpour. He said heavy gunfire was heard and there was total panic, adding that the invaders looted food, money and goods.
Sambo said some of the attackers had taken position on the hills surrounding their village and could monitor the movements of Cameroon’s military, which arrived about two hours later and engaged the militants in battle.
Cameroon’s minister of communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, told the Voice of America (VOA) that there were many casualties including assailants, a Cameroonian soldier and a villager. He also said soldiers drove back the attackers.
Meanwhile, UN representative at End Sexual Violence in Conflict Global Summit, Zainab Bangura has expressed shock over the abduction of 20 Fulani nomad women near Chibok, Borno state, saying the culprits must be brought to justice.
Bangura told Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that this unacceptable act by the Boko Haram was not restricted to Africa.
In the same development, many residents of Gwoza community in Borno state have reportedly fled their homes over continued on the community by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Gwoza community was among the places infiltrated by members of the Boko Haram sect where in recent times, the Emir of the area was killed by the sect.