A suicide bomber targeted a popular night spot in the northern Cameroonian city of Maroua on Saturday evening, killing at least 19 people, according to Reuters. Three days after the twin bombings that are believed to have been carried out by ISIS affiliate Boko Haram.
According to a senior military officer in Maroua, at least 19 people lost their lives and 62 people have been injured. The explosion was heard across Maroua, the northern Cameroonian capital. Military and emergency crews poured over the site of the explosion to find survivors and treat the wounded civilians.
Governor of the northern region of Cameroon, Midjiyawa Bakari, told the press that the attacker set off the bombs in the popular Pont Vert neighbourhood in Maroua. Bakari also stated “We are still counting the dead and wounded.”
According to Cameroonian state television, the attacker was a teenaged female. Locals state that the death toll could have be even higher if the bar had been crowded at the time.
The attack comes after twin suicide bombings in Cameroon on Wednesday also claimed the lives of at least 13 civilians and wounded 32 others.
Although no one claimed responsibility for both Saturday and last Wednesday’s attacks, it is believed Boko Haram, which has escalated attacks in the countries bordering its northeast Nigerian stronghold such as Chad, Niger and Cameroon, is behind them.
The armies of Cameroon and Chad have been battling with the ISIS-linked militants in numerous communities on Cameroon’s border with Nigeria. Cameroonian officials have detained several suspects accused of promoting radical ideology and working together with Boko Haram.