0642 GMT January 19, 2021
In the early hours, assailants threw a grenade into a group of sleeping people inside the camp in the village of Nguetchewe, said district mayor, Medjeweh Boukar. The camp is home to around 800 people, he said.
The village is located in the district of Mozogo, close to the Nigerian border in the region of Far North.
Boukar was informed by residents that 15 had died. A security official confirmed the attack and the death toll. The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital, they said.
“The attackers arrived with a woman who carried the grenade into the camp,” Boukar said, adding that women and children were among the dead.
Over the past month there have been twenty incursions and attacks by suspected terrorists, Boukar said.
Boko Haram has been fighting for a decade to carve out an authority based in Nigeria.
The terrorist group has killed thousands and displaced millions in northeastern Nigeria.
It has intensified attacks against the military in the last two years, repeatedly carrying out deadly strikes against soldiers.
In recent months, there has been an increase in attacks on civilians blamed on the group.
The decade-long conflict has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes in the northeast.
The violence has spread to neighboring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the terrorists.
In June last year, around 300 suspected Boko Haram terrorists swarmed onto an island on Lake Chad in Cameroon’s Far North and killed 24 people, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers stationed at military outposts.