Young boy, girl kill 3 in northern Cameroon

2015-09-20 18:36

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Yaound - Two young suicide bombers killed three people in far north Cameroon on Sunday, the latest attack to hit a region that has been rocked by strikes blamed on Boko Haram Islamists from neighbouring Nigeria.

The youths set off their suicide belts in the town of Mora as a police officer became suspicious of their appearance and approached to question them, a security source said.

"The toll is five dead including two civilians, a police inspector and the two suicide bombers," a security source at the scene told AFP.

A separate source close to regional security forces confirmed the toll and said the attackers, who aimed to target the town's market, were a "young girl and a young boy," without giving any more details.

"If they had succeeded in their plan, the toll would have been terrible," the second source added.

The police officer who was killed had just finished his shift and gone to the market to buy food, the security source said.

"When he saw five suspects he challenged them, but the first suicide bomber exploded himself," killing the officer immediately.

The second bomber then detonated her device a few hundred metres away, while the other three suspects fled, the source added.

A police hunt was underway for the remaining suspects.

One person was said to be in serious condition after the attacks.

Third double bombing

It was the third time this month the area has been hit by double suicide blasts - seven people were killed in a strike in Kolofata on September 13 and between 20 and 40 people died in a bombing on September 3 in Kerawa.

Since July, around 100 people have died in suicide attacks in the extreme north of Cameroon, which has joined the regional fight against Boko Haram.

The Nigerian-based Islamists have seized countless children and youths during their six-year insurgency that has killed at least 15 000 people and left more than two million homeless.

The town of Mora is situated on a crossroads leading north to Chad and Cameroon and west to Nigeria.

It is also the headquarters of one sector of the multinational force fighting Boko Haram as well as housing a Cameroon motorised infantry base.

The multinational force involves troops from Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Benin.

Nigeria's military on Saturday claimed further gains in its counter-offensive against Boko Haram, but the group's shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau dismissed the talk of success as "lies".

Read more on:    boko haram  |  cameroon  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.