The Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed at least 480 civilians in Cameroon since it began carrying out suicide bombings in the West African state bombings 12 months ago, Amnesty International said.
"The Cameroonian security forces should take all lawful and necessary measures to protect civilians from such attacks, while ensuring respect for human rights,” Amnesty International Regional Director for West and Central Africa Alioune Tine said. “Those responsible for human rights abuses and crimes under international law should be brought to justice in fair trials not subject to the death penalty.”
Boko Haram conducted at least 200 attacks, including nearly 40 suicide bombings in the Far North region of Cameroon, that killed at least 480 people since July 2015. The insurgents carried out the first such attack in Cameroon on July 12, 2015, in Fotokol, killing 13 civilians and two soldiers.
In the latest attack on Thursday, the militants killed at least nine people and left several others injured when two bombers detonated explosives at a gathering in Djakana, near Limani, in Cameroon’s Far North region. In the past month, the group has also intensified attacks on Niger as it’s driven from its stronghold in northeastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast where the group has been trying to enforce its version of Shariah law.