Boko Haram-linked militants kill 10 in northern Cameroon

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A convoy of Cameroon's soldiers, part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, is seen on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon
A convoy of Cameroon's soldiers, part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, is seen on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon (AFP Photo/Reinnier Kaze)

Yaoundé (AFP) - Boko Haram-linked militants killed 10 people including a soldier on Wednesday in a remote town in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria, a paramilitary police official said.

"A group of people we think are linked with Boko Haram made an incursion this afternoon in Zigague. They blocked the road and opened fire," the official told AFP.

"Ten people were killed," he said, among them nine bus passengers and a soldier in a privately owned vehicle.

The assailants commandeered a car and left in the direction of the border, he said.

State radio blamed Boko Haram for the attack during which it said a child was kidnapped.

The group based in northeastern Nigeria began cross-border raids in 2012. At first the attacks were sporadic, but they have intensified in recent weeks.

Last month President Paul Biya dismissed two senior army officers in the region after at least 15 people died in violence blamed on Boko Haram.

The militants are also accused of abducting 10 people, among them the wife of the country's deputy prime minister and a local sultan, at the end of July.

In Nigeria, Boko Haram is blamed for killing more than 10,000 people since 2009, and their extreme tactics have been denounced worldwide, including on some jihadi websites.

In April, the insurgents abducted 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in the northeastern town of Chibok, sparking international outrage. Dozens escaped but 219 are still held captive.