At least 14 people, including eight children, were killed in northern Cameroon after a female suicide bomber detonated explosives attached to herself during an armed attack in northern Cameroon.
At least 14 people, including eight children, were killed in northern Cameroon after a female suicide bomber detonated explosives attached to herself during an armed attack in northern Cameroon, local officials said on Friday.
According to Mozogo village’s traditional chief Mahamat Chetima Abba, the insurgents started their violent rampage at around one in the morning on Friday.
Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the Far North region, said the assailants arrived in the village, firing guns skywards and brandishing their machetes at the local residents.
The panicked villagers attempted to escape the attack by running off into the nearby forest. However, the suicide bomber who hid among the fleeing people was reported to have detonated the bomb during the stampede.
“Boko Haram terrorists stormed the village, firing shots in the air. Villagers fled to a park, where Boko Haram fighters brought a girl strapped with explosives,” said Bakari. “Twelve villagers, the young suicide bomber, and a Boko Haram terrorist were killed in the explosion, while two more people were seriously injured.”
Men, women and at least eight children sustained wounds or died during the bombing attack.
The local officials were blaming the jihadist group Boko Haram for the frequent attacks in Cameroon’s Far North region despite the government’s claim of success against them.
“They infiltrated the population. Boko Haram is inflicting more and more damage here,” said Abba.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said the attacks instigated by Boko Haram have already caused hard to about 26 million people in the Lake Chad region, forcibly displacing 2.6 million others amidst the jihadist group’s violence.