A local official says residents in eastern Cameroon killed "several" suspected fighters from Central African Republic who were trying to carry out a large-scale kidnapping.

Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua said the incident occurred late Saturday night near the border town of Garoua-Boulai. He said 15 heavily armed men initially seized eight people before the residents attacked. The eight would-be hostages were released, several fighters were killed and two are being held by the population.

Earlier this month, fighters from Central African Republic attacked a bus near the border, kidnapping 16 people including local politicians and clergy.

No one has claimed responsibility for either attack, but officials including Diboua believe the perpetrators are members of the Democratic Front of the Central African People, a rebel group.