Cameroon again targeted by Boko Haram. A suicide bombing killed thirteen civilians on Friday January 8, including eight children and adolescents, in the north of the country. The assailant detonated a bomb she was carrying during the attack on a village by jihadists of the terrorist group, a police officer and a traditional chief told AFP.
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The far north of Cameroon, very close to the Nigerian border, is regularly the scene of attacks by this group of Muslim extremists from north-eastern Nigeria.
Attackers armed with machetes
Attackers attacked the small town of Mozogo in the middle of the night, brandishing machetes and shouting «Allah Akbar», explained Mahamat Chetima Abba, the lamido, or traditional chief, of Mozogo, as well as an anonymous member of the local defense committee who was trying to repel the attack.
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A woman among the attackers took advantage of the confusion to set off the explosives she was carrying with her amid the crowd of residents fleeing to take refuge in the nearby forest, according to the same sources.
More and more frequent attacks
“Thirteen civilians perished, including two children aged 4 and 5 as well as six adolescents”, assured a police official of the region. The lamido confirmed this assessment, specifying that a woman and her three children were among those killed. Both sources blamed the attack on Boko Haram.
According to the police officer, in addition to the suicide bomber, an assailant was killed by the men of the vigilance committee. “They have infiltrated the populations, Boko Haram is doing more and more damage here”, lamented Chetima Abba. “But it looks like they no longer have the means to attack in groups, armed with rifles”, he continued, referring to the machetes used in the attack. “They use more and more homemade bombs that they manufacture”, concluded the traditional chief.
Members of Boko Haram and a dissident branch, the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group, have increased deadly attacks against security forces and civilians in the far north in recent years. Cameroon as in the regions bordering the three neighboring countries, Nigeria, Niger and Chad. They frequently abduct civilians there, especially women and children.