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Jihadists commit massacre on Lake Chad

At least fifty people were killed on an island in Lake Chad – in the border region between Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria. The Boko Haram terror group is probably behind the massacre, says a Cameroonian official.

The massacre dates back to 22 December, but only became known a week later by a survivor. According to Ali Ramat, the mayor of the municipality of Darak in northern Cameroon, the victims were mainly fishermen from Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria.

The attackers came with a stolen boat from Niger.

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The jihadists of Boko Haram are mainly active in the northeast of Nigeria, but also often carry out attacks in the other countries around Lake Chad.

Since 2009, Sunni fundamentalists fighting for the introduction of Sharia law in the region have already killed tens of thousands of people.

Approximately 2.5 million people fled because of violence.

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