Two Cameroonian soldiers were killed by the Islamist Boko Haram sect during a suspected overnight crossborder raid, a Cameroonian security official said on Friday on condition of anonymity.
According to AFP, the attack occurred late Thursday in the border village of Balgaram in northern Cameroon. Eight soldiers posted there fought back, and “in the clash we lost two men,” the official said.
Military reinforcements were sent to the area and several troops “entered Nigerian territory with the aim of finding the assailants,” the official said.
In recent days, the group has been blamed for several clashes, abductions and killings targeting troops in northern Cameroon deployed to counter them.
More than 3,000 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram attacks have taken refuge in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, a municipal official said.
“We are worried about infiltrations” by the Islamists among the refugees, a police officer in the town said.