Thirteen civilians, eight of them children, died Friday when a woman suicide bomber blew herself up in a jihadist attack on a village in northern Cameroon, a conventional chief and a law enforcement officer informed AFP
Cameroon’s Far North region is grappling with deadly incursions from neighbouring Nigeria, where an insurgency introduced by Boko Haram in 2009 has eliminated 10s of countless individuals.
Mahamat Chetima Abba, the standard chief, or lamido, in the town of Mozogo, said the aggressors arrived in the middle of the night, yelling “Allah Akbar” (” God is higher”) and displaying machetes.
The worried villagers attempted to run off into the nearby forest, and in the stampede the suicide bomber detonated her gadget, he said.
Cameroon’s Far North area AFP.
The account was verified by a member of the regional defence committee, who stated his group had actually tried to repel the attack.
” Thirteen civilians passed away, two of them kids aged four and 5 in addition to six teens,” a local police officer informed AFP by phone, speaking on condition of privacy.
The lamido confirmed the number, stating that a lady and her three kids were among the dead.
Both attributed the attack to Boko Haram.
Cameroon has established self-defence groups in its Far North region to attempt to stem jihadist attacks AFP/ Reinnier KAZE
The authorities source stated that in addition to the suicide bomber, the other death amongst the attackers was a man who was eliminated by the self-defence force.
” They penetrated the population– Boko Haram is inflicting a growing number of damage here,” Chetima Abba stated.
” However, it appears that they no longer have the methods to carry out mass attacks utilizing guns,” he stated, keeping in mind that the assailants had actually carried machetes.
” They are utilizing home-made bombs increasingly more,” he stated.
On Monday, three members of a self-defence force in the close-by village of Kaliari were killed.
More than 36,000 people have actually been killed, most of them in Nigeria, and 3 million people have actually left their houses since Boko Haram launched its insurrection in northeastern Nigeria in 2009.
Boko Haram and a dissenting group called the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) have stepped up attacks in the last few years in Nigeria and neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon
Niger is likewise being hit by jihadists crossing from Mali.
An attack on two villages in the western Niger region of Tillaberi on Saturday left 105 dead, the highest civilian toll in the Sahel given that the jihadist insurgency began in the region in 2012.