Boko Haram insurgents kill four members of a local vigilant group in Northern Cameroon

Four Members of a civilian vigilant group were killed in the locality of Achigachia-Far North region of Cameroon, in clashes with Boko Haram last night.

The local self-defense groups who help the Cameroonian military with information, have often been targeted by the terrorist group.

Several dozen group members have been killed in recent months, as the Islamists have been targeting civilians believed to be cooperating with the authorities to root them out.

Authorities believe the vigilantes have been able to minimize the flow and infiltration of Boko Haram fighters in the northern part of the country.

 

Adama Simila wears a knife tied to his belt by a piece of rope, his only protection against Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist insurgents who have repeatedly targeted his home town in remote northern Cameroon.

While the threat once came from heavily armed, battle-hardened jihadists crossing from neighbouring Nigeria, today Simila knows he is more likely to die at the hands of a teenage girl strapped with explosives.

"We're here to look out for suicide bombers," said the 31-year-old, a member of a local civilian defence force in the town of Kerawa.

After watching its influence spread during a seven-year campaign that has killed around 15,000 people according to the U.S. military, Nigeria has now united with its neighbours to stamp out Boko Haram.

Outside Nigeria, Cameroon has been hardest hit by Boko Haram, which now operates out of bases in the Mandara Mountains, Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad -- areas straddling the borders between Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

Girls abused as sex slaves by the group are psychologically damaged and therefore more vulnerable, the army says. Boko Haram also uses girls because they are thought less likely to arouse suspicion, although that may be changing now.

 

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