Four suicide bombers kill eight in Cameroon

Three female attackers, one man kill eight, including themselves, in suicide bomb assault by suspected Boko Haram militants in Cameroon

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A Cameroonian soldier is in the town of Fotokol after clashes between Cameroonian troops and Boko Haram insurgents on February 17, 2015

Three female attackers and a man blew themselves up in a suicide bomb assault suspected to be carried out by the Boko Haram militant group, killing four civilians and injuring 12 others in northern Cameroon on Saturday, security sources said.

Two separate explosions occured in the village of Nigue, a suburb of Fotokol town near the Nigerian border. Boko Haram, Nigeria-based militant group, is believed to have been behind the attack.

"The first kamikaze detonated his bomb in the house of the traditional chief of Leymarie. Five people died including the bomber," said a senior Cameroonian military official who spoke anonymously. Leymarie is a part of Nigue.

"Several minutes later, three female bombers exploded their bombs close to the initial site but they didn't kill anyone else because they acted too quickly," the official added.

The attack was the latest of many conducted by militant group, Boko Haram, which has mounted in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria this year. Last month, the attacks turned the border region near Lake Chad into a war zone, the UN refugee agency said.

Boko Haram conducted bombings of marketplaces, mosques, churches and other public gathering places. Last year, the group also kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the northeastern Nigerian city of Chibok, whose fates are still unknown.

A man holds a sign that reads 'Stop Boko Haram' at a rally to support Chadian troops heading to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram, in Ndjamena on January 17, 2015 (Reuters)

According to Amnesty International, at least 3,500 people were killed since January by Boko Haram militants in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

Fotokol town has been the frequent target of Boko Haram. In January, the militant group killed 400 people in the town, Amnesty International reported.

Boko Haram has launched a six-year campaign for DAESH terrorist group in northeastern Nigeria. This year, neighbouring countries also joined an offensive against the group and the conflict spreaded across their borders that opened way for the displacement of tens of thousands of people.

Cameroon’s impoverished Far North was used for stockpiling supplies and recruits by Boko Haram until Cameroonian government cracked down last year.

Cameroon is in a multinational military force, including 8,700 people led by Nigeria against the Boko Haram militants. It is expected to be operational by the end of this year. The United States is also providing military supplies and deploying troops to the central African country to support in fighting.

TRTWorld and agencies