Boko Haram Attacks Villages and Burns Down 2 Churches and Many Homes

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Boko Haram attacked a small village in Northern Cameroon on January 15. During this attack, they set fire to two churches and many other houses. This attack left four dead, others injured, and the village devastated. Boko Haram has been increasing its attacks in Northeastern Cameroon and Nigeria over the past month as they have been able to regain some of their strength. 

01/30/2018 Cameroon (WorldWatchMonitor) Residents of Roum village in the Far North region of Cameroon woke up to two churches and many houses ablaze on the night of 15 January. The fire was claimed by Boko Haram militants, who had stormed the village late at night. Four people were killed.

According to the UNHCR, the Boko Haram insurgency has caused more than 170,000 people in the Far North region to flee their homes. (World Watch Monitor)

According to the UNHCR, the Boko Haram insurgency has caused more than 170,000 people in Cameroon’s Far North region to flee their homes. (World Watch Monitor)

Apart from the Union des Eglise Evangelique (UEEC) Church and a Catholic church, the fire also destroyed 93 huts, 20 food storehouses, and 11 motorbikes, a local newspaper reported.

On the same night, a health centre belonging to the UEEC, not far from Roum, was reported attacked.

Earlier this month, Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants attacked other towns in the same region, such as Mozogo and Moskota.

“We hear it and it almost means nothing again to us because they come in and loot and make away with our property,” a church leader in Moskota told World Watch Monitor. “During one of such attacks, they made away with several cows belonging to the population. We tried to run away also when they came, and sometimes we just grow weary of running when they attack, but we can’t help it.”

 

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