Yaounde - A police officer and a detainee were shot dead overnight in an attack in northern Cameroon blamed on extremist group Boko Haram, a security source said on Monday.
"Boko Haram attacked the unit in the night. [The attackers] were looking for a detained member. They left with him and with other people who were in the same cell" of the paramilitary police in Kousseri, said the source, who asked not to be named.
"People in the town were woken by gunfire during the night. It was this morning that we learned that Boko Haram attacked the police post," Mey Ali, who works for a local non-governmental organisation, told AFP.
The far north of Cameroon is frequently the scene of cross-border attacks by Boko Haram, which emerged in 2009 to attack security forces, civilians and often schools and universities in northern Nigeria, massacring students in their sleep.
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