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Double Suicide Attack Hits Northern Cameroon 

By Basil Afoni

Suspected Islamist militants Sunday carried out a double suicide bomb attack in Cameroon’s Far North Region, according to unconfirmed reports.

The reports said the attacks took place in Kangaleri, a Cameroonian village in Mora Subdivision near the border with Nigeria, and located 85 km from Far North regional capital Maroua.

Although two early reports speak of casualties and injuries, the exact figures are still foggy. Guibai Gatama of L’Oeil du Sahel newspaper, who broke the story in a Facebook post, only spoke of casualties, while a news site Koaci.com later reported that 10 people died in the attacks, while several others suffered serious injuries. But there had been no official confirmation of the figures at press time.

The bombings are believed to have been perpetrated by Islamist radicals of the Nigerian Boko Haram group, which the authorities have held responsible for similar attacks in the past.

On September 20, 2015 a similar double suicide bomb attack took place in a market in Mora, Far North Region.

This is the fourth double suicide bombing since September. At least seven people were killed in a strike in Kolofata on September 13, at least 40 people died in the Kerawa bombing on September 3 and five were killed in Galdi on September 20.

The last four suicide bomb attacks have all taken place on Sunday mornings. This is due to the fact that Sundays are always hectic market days in Cameroon’s north.

In what may have been coordinated actions, militants equally carried out a suicide bomb attack in N’Djamena, capital of neighbouring Chad, killing 41 people and injuring 52 others.

 

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