Peace and Freedom

AFP

Nineteen people were killed in Thursday night’s attack on a Cameroonian village by Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants, a security source said in an updated toll, adding that most of the victims were beheaded.

A picture taken on February 17, 2015 show Cameroonian soldiers standing on an armoured vehicle in city of Waza, northern Cameroon.

“The final toll from this attack is 19 dead, with a majority of the victims decapitated,” a security source said Saturday on condition of anonymity.

Security sources had previously said 10 civilians were killed in the cross-border raid on the village of Bia in Cameroon’s Far North region.

The attack comes after a regional military offensive—which includes Cameroon—has claimed a string of successes in their fight against the Islamist militants in Nigeria in recent weeks.

Bia, which borders Lake Chad, has been identified previously by security forces as a recruiting ground for Boko Haram militants.

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