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Two Christian converts killed by Islamists in Cameroon

Country/Region: Africa, Cameroon

Two converts from Islam to Christianity have been shot dead by Islamists in northern Cameroon; one of them had previously been threatened by militant group Boko Haram.

Abdoulaye Douad, one of the two murdered Christians
Abdoulaye Daoud, one of the two murdered Christians

A group of four converts were travelling together around Lake Chad on Tuesday 19 February when their vehicle was stopped by four armed men who demanded to know which member of the party was Abdoulaye Daoud. He, the leader of the converts from the Kotoko people group, had last year received a threat from Boko Haram, which has been targeting Christians in Nigeria for over three years.

The armed men got the four Christians out of the vehicle and opened fire on them. They aimed at a man named Abakachi, thinking he was Abdoulaye, and killed him on the spot. As the others tried to flee, Abdoulaye and another convert, K, were shot.

The wounded pair were taken to hospital, where Abdoulaye later died of his injuries. K, who was seriously injured, stayed in for treatment.

Abdoulaye leaves behind a wife and 13 children; Abakachi, a wife and four children.

In January 2012, a handwritten note from Boko Haram was put under the door of a church leader’s house in northern Cameroon, warning all Christian converts to return to Islam or “face Allah’s wrath”.

In the following days, the homes of two church leaders were searched by two turbaned men.

Cameroon is around 54% Christian and 26% Muslim. Islam is strong in the north, and radical Islamism is gaining strength.

Boko Haram is a militant Islamist group that is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Northern Nigeria, which borders Cameroon.  

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