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Suspected Boko Haram rebels attack Chinese plant in Cameroon

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-29

A Chinese national was killed and 10 others were feared kidnapped after an overnight attack in northern Cameroon believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria, officials said on Saturday.

"Boko Haram Islamists attacked a camp (of road workers). A Chinese was killed. Ten Chinese cannot be found since the attack. We think they have probably been kidnapped," a local police chief said on condition of anonymity.

The cross-border attack comes as Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Paris Saturday to attend an international summit on Nigerian security, aimed at forging a strategy against the Islamist group.

“Nigeria feels that Cameroon is not doing enough,” said FRANCE 24’s Leela Jacinto, reporting from the summit.

A source close to the Chinese embassy in Yaounde spoke of 10 missing and one wounded but would not confirm or deny whether one Chinese worker had been killed.

"Cameroonian soldiers retaliated and the fighting lasted until 3:00am (0200 GMT)," the officer said.

"The Boko Haram militants were heavily armed, they came in five vehicles," an official in Waza told the Agence France-Presse news agency on condition of anonymity.

He said the camp where the Chinese road workers stayed was usually guarded by soldiers from Cameroon's elite Rapid Intervention Battalion.

"Their numbers were thinner these past few days because many of them had gone down to Yaounde" for the traditional military parade marking National Day on May 20, the official said.

The police officer said the militants also attacked the police post in Waza overnight and raided its armoury.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2014-05-17

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