Multiple suicide bomb attacks stroke northern Cameroon on Wednesday, leaving 13 people dead, the president’s office announced, in Boko Haram’s latest intrusion from neighbouring Nigeria.
The first suicide bomber detonated a bomb strapped around her body in a market place and the other with the same method exploded herself up in highly populated neighbourhood, both bombs have gone off in the Far North region’s capital, Maroua, according to a military source quoted by Reuters.
The attacks are yet to be claimed by any militant group, however Boko Haram has increased militant activities in neighbouring countries to its Nigerian stronghold, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
All three countries have militarily collaborated to counter the militant group of Boko Haram, which has intensified an offensive and pledged allegiance to ISIS in March.
"People were running in all directions," said Celestin, a witness who was at the scene of the explosion.
The office of President Paul Biya issued a statement briefing the events that led to the deaths of 13 people. A Cameroon local TV station cited the region’s governor and declared the deaths of 17 people.
The multiple suicide bombings took place after two suicide attacks killed 13 people in Northern Maroua, Fotokol.
Boko Haram has been fighting a six-year insurgency, responsible for the deaths of over 30,000 civilians and security personnel and causing about 1.5 million people to flee their homes, in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria.
The militant group was controlling an area larger than the size of Belgium at the end of 2014 but a recent offensive by Nigerian Army supported by neighbouring states forced it to withdraw from many places it held before.
Boko Haram has also regionalised the conflict, threatening the neighbouring countries.
Chad and Niger previously complained of a lack of cooperation with Nigeria, but the current administration in Nigeria has intensified its efforts to end Boko Haram’s six-year-old uprising, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives.
Nigerian army formed a multinational offensive in June, in a bid to force the militant group out of the areas it had captured.