Young male students sit in the courtyard of a high school in Fotokol, northern Cameroon, where the students and teachers are fearful of attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE
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The extremists opened fire on residents in an attack which sources say left at least 300 people dead.Boko Haram, which has been waging a violent insurgency in Nigeria's north since 2009, loosely translates as "Western education is forbidden".The hard-line Islamists have burned down many schools, often massacring students in their sleep. In February nearly 60 Nigerian pupils were killed in an attack on their dormitory before it was razed to the ground. Cameroon, which shares 2,000 kilometers of border with Nigeria, is increasingly targeted by Boko Haram.In mid-May suspected gunmen from the group took 10 Chinese road workers captive in an attack which left a Cameroonian soldier dead. The girls at Fotokol highschool are particularly afraid of what Boko Haram may have in store for them. The students are not the only ones suffering. Five teachers hastily left town before the end of the school year as the danger mounted, and the highschool has only 10 teachers left.
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