by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - Two separate attacks in Cameroon’s Far North region, both by Boko Haram, have claimed the lives of 18 people.
Islamic militants made their way into the Madagascar neighborhood of Blangoua Monday evening, taking the lives of seven people, following an attack two weeks ago in Tchakamari area that left eleven “charred” bodies in its wake, according to security services.
The Far North of Cameroon, which borders Nigeria, has seen terrorist activity in recent months as the conflict in Nigeria between Islamic State West Africa, or Boko Haram, and the Christian population has spilled over the border into Cameroon, Nigeria’s southern neighbor.
In November a woman tried to blow herself up in Amchide, injuring 29 people.
It was not the first incursion of the West African branch of IS into the majority Christian nation, where it is estimated that 53% of the population identifies as either Catholic or Protestant. Cameroonian security forces have claimed that 2,500 people were slaughtered by Boko Haram in their country between 2014 and 2017.
As of yet, Cameroon is absent from Open Doors U.S.A.’s World Watch List 2019.