Children strapped with explosives kill 9 in north Cameroon

Evrard Martin
Juin 3, 2017

Northern Cameroon has seen a rise in such attacks, with some towns targeted repeatedly.

A double suicide bombing killed at least nine people and wounded over 30 near a camp in northern Cameroon which houses civilians displaced by Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels, the region's governor and other officials said.

"Two suicide bomber adolescents aged between 10 and 15 years infiltrated the town of Kolofata", Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told state radio, adding that both had detonated their explosives.

Local government officials said the twin blasts that tore through the camp in the town of Kolofata at about 6 a.m. local time.

Authorities believe the girls entered Cameroon the night before from neighbouring Nigeria, where Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people in its eight-year insurgency.

The two suicide bombers suspected of being affiliated to the Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram, are among the victims.

The deceased persons were refugees and the two suicide bombers while 30 others were injured.

The agency said on Friday it was "stepping up its response as large numbers of refugees return from Cameroon to north-eastern Nigeria", including some 12,000 in May, often returning home to very harsh, unsanitary conditions.

Regional Governor Midjiyawa Bakari blamed the bombings on Boko Haram, the Nigerian armed group that has carried out attacks and kidnappings in Cameroon as it has widened its armed campaign to the area around Lake Chad.

Thousands of troops have been deployed to the area in a bid to stem the violence.

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