The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility in a video for the execution of four civilians in Bargaram, a Cameroonian Christian village near the border with Nigeria.
The video shows hooded gunmen surrounding four men with their hands bound behind their backs. One fighter justifies the killings as "avenging the blood of our brothers shed in Palestine," according to a loose translation.
The exact date of the attack remains unclear, but sources suggest it occurred around New Year's Eve for Christians, between December 31, 2023, and January 1, 2024. Ten other people were reportedly abducted during the attack on the village of Bargaram.
The reference to Palestine appears linked to the recent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which began in October 2023. On October 7, Hamas, the Palestinian group ruling the Gaza Strip, launched deadly attacks on Israeli territory, resulting in hundreds of casualties and kidnappings. Israel responded with a military operation aimed at eliminating Hamas, inflicting heavy bombardment on Gaza and causing thousands of deaths. International efforts to end the conflict have so far proven unsuccessful.
Cameroon, however, is among the countries that failed to condemn Israel's actions in the conflict.