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50 killed by Boko Haram on island bordering Chad & Cameroon

The attack on the remote village took place before Christmas when Jihadis approached the fishing village disguised as traders.

FILE: A Boko Haram flag flutters from an abandoned command post in Chad. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - At least 50 people have been killed by Boko Haram terrorists on an island bordering Chad and Cameroon.

The attack on the remote village took place before Christmas when Jihadis approached the fishing village disguised as traders.

News of it has taken a fortnight to emerge.

The victims from last month's attack are mainly Cameroonians but many other nationals are fishermen on Lake Chad. An unknown number of people remain unaccounted for.

The island has a become fertile ground for terrorists because the multi-national task force charged with patrolling the area is finding it too expensive and too dangerous to cover properly.

Boko haram was formed in Nigeria a decade ago and has since spread its operations in Chad, Cameroon and Niger.