Suspected Boko Haram militants detonated two suicide bombs in north Cameroun, killing at least three people, an official and security sources said on Wednesday. Suicide bombings, often carried out by young women recruited by the radical group are becoming almost daily occurrences in Cameroun’s far North region.
“There was a double suicide attack last night in Waza in the far North of Cameroun, with a toll of six dead, including the three kamikazes (attackers),” said Michel Oumarou, the Deputy Prefect for the town of Waza. Two security sources also confirmed the attack, with one of them pegging the death toll higher at six civilians.
A third suicide bomber was killed by security forces before she was able to detonate her bomb, one of the sources added. Cameroun is a target for attacks since it is part of an 8,700-strong regional task force aimed at defeating Boko Haram with troops from Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroun and Benin. However, joint operations have stalled, as national armies appeared to be fighting Boko Haram independently.