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Cameroon: Outrage at New Boko Haram Attack, Children Among Victims

Sudan News Agency (SUNA) logo Sudan News Agency (SUNA) 07/08/2020 Sudan News Agency (SUNA)
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Geneva Aug 7— Boko Haram is wreaking havoc in Cameroon as well as Nigeria and other countries in the Sahel region and its attacks are going mostly unnoticed by a world focused on the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has strongly condemned an unprovoked and brutal attack on a site hosting 800 internally displaced people near the village of Nguetchewe in northern Cameroon. At least 18 people were killed, and more than 11 injured in the early hours of August 2. In a separate statement issued in New York, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) said preliminary reports indicated that 10 children were among those killed and five were injured.

The assailants threw an explosive device, believed to be a grenade, into the makeshift camp while people were sleeping.

"This attack follows a significant rise in violent incidents in Cameroon's Far-North Region in July, including looting and kidnapping by Boko Haram and other armed groups active in the region," UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists at an August 4 online briefing by the UN in Geneva.

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