Boko Haram kills four in attack on Cameroon’s Kofia Island
Assailants from the jihadist group Boko Haram killed at least four people, one soldier and three civilians, and seriously injured four others during an attack on Kofia, a Cameroonian island on Lake Chad.
In the attack that occurred in the night from Saturday to Sunday the assailants also destroyed part of a military post and vandalized businesses, according to an official source.
Kofia Island is located in Lake Chad, in Northern Cameroon, not far from Chad.
Cameroonian and Chadian forces launched a pursuit operation immediately after the attack, the source said.
The jihadists of Boko Haram have recently increased deadly attacks in Cameroon and neighboring countries. In mid-April, eleven civilians were killed in an attack in Charkamari, also in northern Cameroon.
Since the beginning of the month, at least seven Cameroonian soldiers were killed in attacks by the terror group and in the explosion of a mine at the passage of a military vehicle.
Boko Haram group is active in all the countries of the Lake Chad zone (Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger), where it commits deadly attacks against security forces and civilians.
More than 27,000 people have died since the start of the Boko Haram uprising in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, and another 1.8 million are still unable to return to their homes.