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    Ten Chinese Missing in Boko Haram Attack

    Map of Waza, Cameroon
    Map of Waza, Cameroon
    The Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram has attacked Waza, in Cameroon's Far North Region, kidnapping 10 Chinese engineers and killing one Cameroonian soldier, according to local reports.

    The attack came shortly before the start of Saturday's summit talks on Boko Haram in Paris, where five heads of state, including Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, met to map out regional strategies to fight the militant group. 

    Last month, Boko Haram members kidnapped hundreds of teenage girls from a school in the remote Nigerian village of Chibok, setting off international cries for their release. Some escaped, but 276 girls remain missing.

    In the most recent incident, an estimated 200 Boko Haram members attacked the community of Waza, according to reports. Waza is located 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Nigeria's Borno state, the violent Islamist group's base.

    Waza resident Djibrilla Toukour told VOA that men arrived around midnight in a convoy.

    "Boko Haram came to our area and started shooting," Toukour said.

    The attackers killed a Cameroonian soldier near a camp where Chinese road construction engineers live, and took the engineers' vehicles. Toukour says authorities have not been able to locate the Chinese, suggesting they were kidnapped.

    Cameroonian soldiers were immediately deployed to the border with Nigeria to prevent the attackers' escape, said the governor of Far North Region, Fonka Awah Augustine. He said it's likely at least some of the attackers remain in Camaroon.

    "There are quite a number of arrests that have been carried out. Investigations are on," he said, adding that reinforcements have been requested from Cameroon's capital, Yaounde.

    Authorities in Yaounde are working to stabilize the Far North Region, Augustine said.

    Waza is within Cameroon's Waza National Park, a major tourist attraction, where a French family of seven was kidnapped last year.

    Earlier this month, Boko Haram attacked a military post 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Waza, freeing one of its members detained there and killing a Cameroonian soldier.

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    by: Nicolas from: USA
    May 19, 2014 6:46 AM
    One can gain a proper measure of the sheer evil of humanity, and its capacity to to harm, by reading Internet posts about news stories. God’s most wretched creation.

    by: chris from: st. louis
    May 17, 2014 10:06 PM
    I'm guessing this will be considered a war on Islam by some Muslims because boko haram is "just" trying to spread Islam and the "infidels" are trying to stop it. I wish Muslims would stop the miscreants they've allowed to fester for 1400 years but I won't hold my breath.

    by: saly kabui from: kenya
    May 17, 2014 4:35 PM
    My God,the Chinese have also been abducted,may the whole nation assist Nigeria to capture the Boko Haramu so as to prevent more abductions,This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed urgently without delay.

    by: Thomas Ayan from: Nigeria
    May 17, 2014 3:10 PM
    The B.H. terrorists are no more of nigeria but of africa when you imargine the mayhem they have created in cameron & niger rep.of recent hence the need for urgent foreign assistance.

    by: John Mikle from: Colorado
    May 17, 2014 3:04 PM
    I'm thinking Boko Haram just made a fatal error. China is not who you want to mess with, and unlike Obama, they will take action.
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    by: JG Wollaston from: Chillicothe, OH
    May 17, 2014 9:46 PM
    The Obama crack is not necessary. Boko Haram or whatever their name is, have shown that they are enemies of civilization. They attack anyone who is not Muslim.

    by: Zubairu from: Minna. Nigeria.
    May 17, 2014 1:02 PM
    The problem of Book haram has been neglected by Nigerian government. With international intervention we hope it will be over for good soon.We also hope the involvement of international troops will not be the beginning of international crises in the region.

    by: LieutenantCharlie from: USA
    May 17, 2014 12:51 PM
    Thanks to the incompetent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Boko Haram was never classified as Islamic Terrorists,.....had she done her job, Boko Haram would have been shut down years ago.
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    by: Eric from: cameroon
    May 19, 2014 1:23 AM
    The earlier the us,France and China see that boko Haram is idea. We should stop puting peoples life in danger. Talk to this people and sort out their problem. They are human beings. No body will like fighting for nothing.
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    by: Anonymous
    May 17, 2014 4:03 PM
    Yea...its totaly her fault....you fool

    by: blazing from: Colorado
    May 17, 2014 12:30 PM
    That group has no right to be in cameroon, they need to be stopped

    by: Steven Hatton from: Washington DC
    May 17, 2014 12:25 PM
    I'm not understanding why Boko Haram's recent actions have garnered so much attention in view of the fact that far has been regularly taking place in Central Africa for over a decade.

    All of a sudden we have an "al Qaeda" in Africa with an "Emmanuel Goldstein" leader producing two minutes of hate videos, and it's international news.

    Nothing like sending in Western intelligence to do some window-shopping, I guess.

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