Suicide bombers kill at least 24 in Cameroon market

Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:08am GMT

By Sylvain Andzongo

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers posing as food vendors killed at least 24 people and injured 112 others in a market in Meme, northern Cameroon, security sources said on Friday.

It was the first time the town of Meme has been targeted but there have been previous assaults near the town of Mora, which lies near the border of northeastern Nigeria.

Last week Cameroon's military killed 162 Boko Haram militants and arrested about 100 others in an assault, according to government spokesman Issa Tchiroma.

A Cameroonian military source said two girls carried out the attack. Girls and young women have carried out a spate of suicide bombings in the region.

"These two girls took advantage of the fact that it was the woman's market," said another military source. "They came like vendors, except they had explosives in their cooking pots." The death toll may still rise.

There has so far been no official claim of responsibility for the attack, but officials pointed the finger at Nigerian-based Boko Haram.

The group, which has sought to carve out an emirate in northeastern Nigeria, has been blamed for a campaign of suicide attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger over the past year.

Boko Haram violence in Cameroon has caused about 1,000 deaths, according to the government and military sources.   Continued...

Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun
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