Twin suicide bomb attacks in Cameroon’s Far North Region

At least three civilian die in twin suicide bomb attacks in Cameroon’s Far North Region which is frequently targeted by Boko Haram militants

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Twin suicide bombings killed at least three civilians in Waza in Cameroon’s Far North Region on Tuesday evening, security sources and state media said on Wednesday.

"There was a double suicide attack last night in Waza in the far north of Cameroon with a toll of six dead, including the three kamikazes [attackers]," said Michel Oumarou, deputy prefect for the town of Waza.

Two security sources also confirmed the attack, with one of them stating the death toll was six civilians.

A third suicide bomber was killed by security forces before detonating her bomb, one of the sources said.

The attacks have not been claimed by any group yet, but have been blamed on Boko Haram.

Waza, a town popular with foreigners for its national park, lost tourism revenue after the region came under attack by the group.

Suicide bombings, often carried out by young women recruited by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria, have been common in the Far North Region after Cameroon decided to join the coalition against the terrorist group.

The Cameroonian Army, along with those of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Benin, is part of a coalition against Boko Haram.

However, joint operations against the group have stalled and national armies are continuing their fight against the group independently.

Boko Haram killed 6,644 people in 453 different attacks and displaced millions last year in its bid to create a "caliphate" in Northern Nigeria, according to the Global Terrorism Index which was published by the Institute of Economics and Peace in 2015.


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