FUFORE, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian refugees say Cameroonian troops crossed the border, killed about 150 villagers, burned their huts and forced them to flee.
The allegations come amid growing tensions between Nigeria and its neighbors over the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that has spilled over Nigeria's borders.
Cameroon's government denied the charges made Tuesday. It said Cameroonians fighting "in synergy" with Nigerian soldiers carried out a "coordinated operation" on several border villages around Lake Chad Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. It said they freed at least 900 people held by Boko Haram extremists.
But farmer Mariamu Abubakar charged that Cameroonian troops on Nov. 30 killed and pillaged his village near the Banki border post. He was among 643 refugees who arrived from the area Monday saying they had walked for days through Cameroon.