17 civilians have been killed in an attacked carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants in Nguetchewe, a village in the Mayo-Tsanaga Division, Far North Region of Cameroon.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence, the armed fighters attacked the village around 11pm on Saturday August 1.
They assaulted members of the local vigilante committee and other civilians, some of whom hid themselves in makeshift shelters, then two suicide bomberswho were with the terrorists chased the population away and activated explosive charges.
In the course of this attack, official sources reveal nineteen people were killed, including the two suicide bombers and sixteen others were injured.
The latter were later rushed to the Adventist hospital in Koza, and others reffered to the Regional Hospital in Maroua.
Sources add that the assailants were trying to launch an attack on the Ngwetchewe Catholic church where they kidnapped a French priest Georges Vandenbeusch and other religious in 2013, but were stopped in their move by defence and security forces.
Most of those killed during the attack were burried by locals on Sunday.