Around 300 suspected Boko Haram militants swarmed onto a Lake Chad island in Cameroon’s far north killing 24 people, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers, officials said.
The death toll in the district of Darak, about 1,000 km from Yaounde, is one of the worst atrocities carried out by Boko Haram in Cameroon in years, a military source said.
The assailants arrived in boats and attacked the island’s eight military outposts, Darak mayor Ali Ramat told Reuters.
The Defence Ministry said 64 Boko Haram militants were killed in a firefight lasting hours.
Boko Haram have been fighting to carve out an Islamic caliphate based in Nigeria for over a decade.
Violence, which cost 30,000 lives and displaced millions, frequently spilled over into neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.