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Thousands of Cameroonians flee Boko Haram

More than 10,000 panic-stricken Cameroonians are fleeing border regions with Nigeria's Borno state after attacks by Nigeria's Islamic militant group Boko Haram, government officials said.

Boko Haram has, in the past month, raided at least two dozen villages and towns in northern Cameroon. The group also kidnapped at least 80 people during an attack on Mabass village on Sunday although the army has now rescued 30 hostages.

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Cameroon government: Boko Haram 'cruel and cowardly'

Cameroon's Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary has told ITV News' Africa Correspondent John Ray the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 80 people from Cameroon to use them as suicide bombers.

Mr Bakary described the Islamist terror group as "cruel and cowardly" and said the Cameroon government was prepared to chase them "wherever necessary" in order to "root them out".

Troops from Cameroon have rescued up to 30 of the 80 hostages during a cross-border attack in Nigeria.

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