Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 16 people and wounded seven others in a grenade attack on a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon.
The attack took place in the early hours of Sunday in a village of Nguetchewe at Mozogo district, close to the Nigerian border.
Local authorities said the assailants threw a grenade into a group of sleeping people inside the camp which is home to around 800 people.
“The attackers arrived with a woman who carried the grenade into the camp,” district mayor Medjeweh Boukar said, adding that women and children were among the dead.
The wounded persons are being treated in the hospital.
Over the past month, there have been several incursions and attacks by suspected Islamist militants.
In June last year, around 300 suspected Boko Haram militants stormed an island on Lake Chad in Cameroon’s far north and killed 24 people, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers stationed at military outposts.