Cameroon's army faces Boko Haram in ghost town on Nigerian border

The city of Amchide, seen here on November 12, 2014, was raided by Islamists from Nigeria's Boko Haram, killing eight cameroonian soldiers and leading the population to fleeA deathly silence hangs over the once lively trading town of Amchide in the far north of Cameroon, abandoned to the army by residents terrified of raids by the Islamists of Boko Haram. After several attacks in the past year by the armed extremists from Nigeria, just across the western border, the vast majority of residents have fled. Many people in Amchide ran the risk of atrocities and kidnapping by Boko Haram for months, but the situation further worsened when the Islamists in September overran Banki, the extension of their town on to Nigerian territory. Boko Haram fighters then stepped up bloody raids inside Cameroon, where they slit the throats of Christians and Muslims alike.

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