Suicide bomber on bike kills 3 in Cameroon market

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 Cameroon soldiers stand guard at a lookout post near the village of Fotokol as they take part in operations against the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram

Cameroon soldiers stand guard at a lookout post near the village of Fotokol as they take part in operations against the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram

A suicide bomber on a motorbike killed three people and wounded 24 at a market in north Cameroon, where armed group Boko Haram has been waging an armed rebellion since 2009, authorities said.

A senior military official told Reuters news agency that the bomber was also killed in the attack in Mora, in Cameroon’s Far North province.

He said that it was possible one of the three victims was also on the motorbike. Another security source said authorities were convinced that the attack was the work of Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and wants to create an Islamic state in a region spanning four countries.

A regional offensive against Boko Haram led by Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger – the four countries most affected by the armed group – has chased fighters out of towns in the Lake Chad region.

In response, Boko Haram has launched a guerrilla campaign mostly targeting the civilian population.

“Sunday is a big market day,” Cameroon’s Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma said by telephone, confirming the death toll in the Mora attack.

“There were also six people seriously wounded who were transported out by helicopter to Maroua.”

He said that “the situation is currently under control”.

Cameroon has been hit frequently by suicide attacks.

At the end of June a suicide bomber killed at least 11 people when he blew himself up close to a mosque in Cameroon near the Nigerian border, and two suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and injured 50 others in a market in Meme, northern Cameroon, in February.

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Source:: PM Newspaper