Suspected Boko Haram-affiliated terrorists detonated two suicide bombs in north Cameroon overnight, killing at least three people, a government official and security sources said on Wednesday.
Suicide bombings, often carried out by youngsters recruited by the Islamist terror group in neighboring Nigeria, are becoming almost daily occurrences in Cameroon’s Far North Region.
“There was a double suicide attack last night in Waza in the far north of Cameroon with a toll of six dead, including the three kamikazes (terrorists),” said Michel Oumarou, Deputy Prefect of the town of Waza.
Two security sources also confirmed the attack, with one of them putting the death toll higher at six civilians. A third suicide bomber was killed by security forces before she was able to detonate her bomb, one of the sources added.
Cameroon is a target for attacks since it is part of an 8,700-strong regional task force aimed at defeating Boko Haram. Officially the task force has troops from Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Benin. Joint operations have stalled, however, and the various national armies appear to be fighting Boko Haram independently.