Four suicide bombers kill about 32 people in Cameroon

Four suicide bombers kill 32 people, wound many others at Bodo central market in northern Cameroon

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A soldier walks through the burnt remains of the headquarters of Michika local government in Michika town, after the Nigerian military recaptured it from Boko Haram in Adamawa State May 10, 2015.

Updated Jan 26, 2016

Four suicide bombers killed about 32 people and wounded 66 in a village in Cameroon's Far North region on Monday, a local official said, in the most deadly of a string of recent attacks in an area beset by violence connected to the militant group Boko Haram.

Two bombers struck Bodo central market while others hit the town's main entrance and exit points, the official said.

The local official, who said the death toll could rise further as a number of those take to hospital were in serious condition, said the attackers had slipped in under the cover of seasonal, dusty Harmattan winds.

"The Harmattan has been blowing for three days. ... The vigilance committees weren't able to see the suicide bombers, who entered the village in the middle of the night," he said, asking not to be named.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, however, Boko Haram militants have increased their attacks outside Nigeria over the past year, including in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, threatening regional security.

Cameroonian troops form part of an 8,700-strong regional force created to defeat Boko Haram, which has waged a six-year campaign to carve out a separate state in northeastern Nigeria.

Monday's bombing was not the first time the town of Bodo has been targeted. At the end of December, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to the town.

Officials said at the time that the bombers were trying to access the market but were stopped by local residents. No others were injured in that bombing.

On Jan. 13, a suicide bomber killed 12 people and wounded at least one other in an attack in Kouyape in northern Cameroon.

Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria have all contributed troops to a regional offensive devoted to driving back Boko Haram, and the United States has contributed military supplies and troops for assistance.

TRTWorld, Reuters