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Suicide Bombing in North Cameroon Kills 3, Injures Several

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


YAOUNDE, Cameroon
Aug 21, 2016

A local official says a suicide bomber has detonated explosives at a Cameroon market near the border with Nigeria, killing at least three people and injuring at least 11 others.

Cameroon's Far North region governor, Midjiyawa Bakary, says a young man suspected to be from Nigeria detonated his explosives Sunday morning after riding into the market in Mora on his motorcycle at high speed.


The governor says three people were seriously injured and rushed to the local hospital before being transferred to another town for specialized care.


No one has claimed responsibility.


The Nigeria-based Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group last year. Since then, its members have stepped up attacks in Cameroon and other neighboring countries that are helping Nigeria's military to try to defeat the extremists.



Suicide bombers kill 32, wound dozens in northern Cameroon


By Josiane Kouagheu
January 25, 2016

DOUALA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Suicide bombers targeting a town in northern Cameroon killed 32 people and wounded 66 on Monday, one of the worst attacks yet in the Central African nation as it struggles to contain violence blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram.

State-owned radio and local officials said four explosions struck a busy market and entrances to the town of Bodo, which borders the Islamist insurgency's strongholds in northeastern Nigeria, at around 10 a.m. (0900 GMT).

A local official, who said the death toll could rise further as a number of those take to hospital were in serious condition, said the attackers had slipped in under the cover of seasonal, dusty Harmattan winds.

"The Harmattan has been blowing for three days. ... The vigilance committees weren't able to see the suicide bombers, who entered the village in the middle of the night," he said, asking not to be named.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, northern Cameroon has become the scene of increasingly frequent suicide attacks as Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border violence that has also spread into Chad and Niger.

Twelve people were killed in an attack on Jan. 13 at a mosque in the town of Kouyape.

Bodo, separated from Nigeria by only a small border river, was previously targeted at the end of December when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at the town entrance.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people and driven more than 2 million people from their homes during its six-year insurgency in one of the world's poorest regions.

Regional armies mounted an offensive against the insurgents last year that ousted them from many positions in northern Nigeria.

Following that operation, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin pledged to set up an 8,700-strong regional force tasked with wiping out Boko Haram. The United States has also sent troops to supply intelligence and other assistance.

The establishment of the force has been plagued by delays, however, and joint operations have yet to begin, leaving it up to national armies to tackle Boko Haram individually.

In the absence of effective coordination, security sources have warned that can often mean that soldiers just drive the militants across one another's borders.


Suicide Attack in Cameroon Kills 10

November 21, 2015
Voice of America

Security sources in Cameroon say at least 10 people were killed in a suicide attack carried out by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Saturday's blast in the far northern region of Cameroon marked the latest deadly attack by Boko Haram, which has targeted Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria in recent months.

Boko Haram's bloody campaign for a strict Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria has left thousands of people dead. Neighboring countries such as Cameroon joined an offensive against the group earlier this year, and the conflict spilled across their borders.

Cameroon has contributed to an 8,700-strong regional force led by Nigeria to fight back against Boko Haram.


Double suicide attack kills 30 in north Cameroon

03 September 2015
YAOUNDÉ (AFP) -

At least 30 people were killed in the far north of Cameroon on Thursday in two successive suicide attacks, military and police sources said.

The first bombing took place shortly before noon in the marketplace of Kerawa, a city on the border with Nigeria, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It was followed by a second attack about 200 metres (yards) from a military camp, said a police officer who asked not to be identified.

At least 30 people were killed, the sources said.

Some 50 people were killed in July in the same region in five suicide attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist group.

Cameroon is part of a five-nation coalition fighting Boko Haram with Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Benin.

Cameroon's far north region bordering Nigeria and Chad for the past two years has seen regular Boko Haram raids, kidnappings and, more recently, suicide attacks.


Suicide attacks killed at least 12 in northern Cameroon

July 13, 2015

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - At least a dozen civilians and a Chadian soldier were killed in two suicide attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northern Cameroon town of Fotokol late on Sunday, a senior Cameroonian military officer said.

The first explosion went off inside a bar near a Cameroon special forces (BIR) camp just after sundown as many were breaking the Ramadan fast, the officer said, asking not to be named.

"The second explosion followed as soldiers approached the bar," he said.

L'Oeil du Sahel, a newspaper in northern Cameroon, said the two attackers wore burqas.

Islamist group Boko Haram, which launched an insurgency six years ago to carve out an emirate in northeast Nigeria, has also stepped up attacks in neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger in recent months.

The group is suspected of launching a similar attack in Chad's capital, about 60 km (37 miles) east of Fotokol, on Saturday. A man dressed in a woman's burqa blew himself up in the main market killing 15 people.



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