7 killed in twin suicide attack in northern Cameroon

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Seven people were killed Friday in a double suicide bomb attack in Cameroon’s Far North region, officials said.

The two attackers also died in the blasts, which injured 30 others at around 5.30 a.m. local time (0430GMT) in Bourvare, a village near the Nigerian border.

Regional Governor Midjiyawa Bakari blamed the attack on Boko Haram, the militant group that has carried out attacks and kidnappings in Cameroon as it has widened its insurgency to the area around Lake Chad.

“The two explosions took place around 5.30 a.m. when the Muslim faithful went to pray,” local imam Saidou Hassan said.

“On the spot, we counted nine dead, including two suicide bombers of Nigerian nationality. Some 30 wounded were taken to the Mora and Maroua hospital.”

On Thursday, two suicide bombers injured two people in the same border region and last week three suicide bombers were killed near a market as they attempted to set off explosives.

Around 26 million people in the Lake Chad region have been affected by Boko Haram violence and more than 2.6 million displaced, according to the UN.

Cameroon is part of a regional task force that aims to eradicate the militant group that has so far killed more than 2,000 Cameroonians, according to government officials.

Anadolu Agency

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