Boko Haram militants have killed three people and abducted five children in Cameroon’s far north, local authorities said on Saturday.
Mayor Boukar Medjeweh told AFP that the incident took place between midnight on Thursday and early Friday morning in the village of Oudal, six kilometers from the Nigerian border, where the militants are based.
The victims were all men and the abducted children were between three and 15 years old, Medjeweh said.
Mahamat Chetima Abba, who is the governor, also confirmed the attack and linked it to Boko Haram.
Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) have stepped up attacks in the region in recent days, as well as towns along the Nigerian border with Chad and Niger.
A total of more than 36,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram since 2009, according to the United Nations, and more than three million have been displaced.