No fewer than eight people were on Monday killed in Amchide, Cameroon after a rocket attack allegedly fired by Boko Haram militants from the Nigerian town of Banki, security officials said.
“The rocket landed in Amchide, killing eight civilians and injuring many more. We fear that the number of dead will rise,” a policeman, who asked not to be named told AFP.
According to a Cameroonian security agent, the rocket landed on a road where many people were shopping.
Islamist sect, Boko Haram had several weeks ago taken control of Banki, with the militants trying ever since to make incursions across the border into Amchide, prompting residents of Amchide to set up self-defence groups to fight off the Islamists.
Insurgency by the sect has spilled over into Cameroon in recent times, with border towns in the country suffering from attacks by the terrorists. The Cameroonian military has however killed hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents in its bid to secure the border towns. The attack on Amchide is therefore suspected to be another reprisal attack by the sect.