5 children killed by 'young girl' suicide bomber in Cameroon
01 Nov 2017 - 13:04
Yaoundé: Five children were killed Tuesday night and two others wounded by a suicide bomber described as a "young girl" in a northern region of Cameroon plagued by Boko Haram attacks, sources said Wednesday.
"A suicide bomber blew herself up (on Tuesday) at around 7.45 pm (1845 GMT)" in the village of Zamga, two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the Nigerian border, said a security officer responsible for the zone, reached from the capital Yaounde.
"Five children were killed and two others wounded," he said on condition of anonymity, adding that the suicide bomber was also killed in the blast.
The attack and the death toll were confirmed to AFP by another security source.
A group of children was playing when "a young girl slipped in" among them, triggering her explosive charge, the safety officer explained.
On Sunday and Monday, at least 20 people were killed in attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon.
Since 2014, when Cameroon went to war against Boko Haram, the jihadi group has killed "2,000 civilians and soldiers" and abducted "a thousand people" in the far north of the country, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).
Since its emergence eight years ago, Boko Haram has killed at least 20,000 people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.