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Cameroon: Bomb attack kills 9 in Far North

14th Sep 2015
Cameroon: Bomb attack kills 9 in Far North

KOLOFATA, (AA): Nine people — seven civilians and two suicide bombers — were killed on Sunday in a twin bomb attack that rocked Cameroon’s Far North region, according to a military source.

Col. Issa Babtoura, deputy commander of Cameroon’s fourth military region, said two young suicide bombers had blown themselves up at a market in the town of Kolofata near the Nigerian border.

Babtoura added that the bombers — who, he said, hailed from a nearby village — had been suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group.

The twin bombing comes ten days after a similar attack in the nearby town of Kerawa left thirty people dead.

It also comes shortly after a Cameroonian general was appointed commander of a regional force tasked with combating Boko Haram.

Five countries have contributed troops to the regional force, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Niger and Chad.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has waged a violent insurgency in Nigeria’s northeastern region.

In recent months, however, the group has broadened the scope of its attacks, striking targets in neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Author: Hatice Kesgin
[Map of Cameroon. Creative Commons]

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