Bodo market place attacks toll on the rise

2016-01-25 17:08
Cameroon countryside. (File, iStock)

Cameroon countryside. (File, iStock)

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Doha - At least 29 people have been reported killed when at least three suicide bombers carried out a series of attacks in northern Cameroon, Al Jazeera has learned.

The co-ordinated strikes occurred in the village of Bodo near the border with Nigeria on Monday, a source in Cameroon's military told Al Jazeera. 

The first explosions struck the road leading to the market. The second and third blasts hit the entrance and interior of the market place.

It was the second bombing incident to hit Cameroon this year. On January 13, a suicide bomber killed 12 people and wounded at least one other in an attack on a mosque in northern Cameroon.

Last December, two female suicide bombers also blew themselves up in Bodo. 

The attacks occurred about 27 km from the town of Fotokol, also near the Nigerian border, which had been the subject of previous attacks last year.

No one has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, but Cameroon and neighbouring countries have been carrying out offensives against the Boko Haram group, which declared allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in 2015.

Boko Haram's grip on the region has suffered as a result of assaults launched by local armies and a multi-national force.

Last December, Cameroon reported killing at least 100 Boko Haram fighters and freeing 900 hostages.

Boko Haram, which wants to implement strict form of Islamic law in Nigeria's northeast, has launched attacks in Nigeria and neighbouring countries including Cameroon over the past few months.

The group was using Cameroon's impoverished far north to stockpile supplies and recruits until the government crackdown last year.

Cameroon is part of an 8 700-strong regional force led by Nigeria against the group, expected to be operational by the end of the year.

The United States has contributed military supplies and troops for assistance.

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