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Cameroon: suicide bombers kill more than 20


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Cameroon: suicide bombers kill more than 20

  • Reports of at least 25 dead
  • Region beset by Boko Haram violence
  • Most deadly in a recent series of attacks

Four suicide bombers have killed more than 20 people in a village in the Far North of Cameroon.

Two bombers struck the Bodo central market while others hit the town’s main entrance and exit roads.

It is the most deadly in a string of recent attacks in the region, which is beset by violence connected to the islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Latest and most deadly in a series of attacks

Monday’s bombing is not the first time Bodo has been targeted. Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at the end of December.

Officials said at the time they had been prevented from entering the market. No other people were injured.

12 people died in a suicide bomb attack on January the 13th. At least one person was injured in the bombing, which happened at a mosque in Kouyape in northern Cameroon.

Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria have all contributed troops to a regional offensive devoted to driving back Boko Haram.

The United States has also sent military supplies and troops.

Who are Boko Haram?

  • Founded 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf in Maiduguri, the capital of the north-eastern state of Borno*
  • An Islamic extremist group based in north-eastern Nigeria*
  • Founded as a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist sect influenced by the Wahhabi movement, advocating a strict form of Sharia law
  • Developed into Salafist-Jihadi organisation in 2009
  • Also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon
  • Led by Abubakar Shekau
  • Estimated to have killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million from their homes since 2009
  • Affiliated to ISIL in March 2015
  • Abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014
  • Official name is Wilayat Gharb Afriqiya.
  • «Boko Haram » means « Western education is forbidden »
  • Seeks the establishment of an Islamic state in Nigeria

(Source : Wikipedia)

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