Suspected Boko Haram suicide attack kills at least 7 in Cameroon

Cameroon, Chad and Niger have formed a military alliance with Nigeria and Benin to battle the extremists, who this year declared allegiance to the Islamic State.

AFP| Updated: Dec 11, 2015, 20:02 PM IST
Suspected Boko Haram suicide attack kills at least 7 in Cameroon

Yaounde: At least seven civilians were killed on Friday in a suicide attack in Kolofata, northern Cameroon, a region where Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists are highly active, local officials said.

"We've registered eight deaths at the site, including the suicide bomber," a regional security source said without saying if the attack on a food stall was carried out by a man or a woman.

A source close to regional authorities also confirmed the attack to AFP and put the toll at eight dead, including the attacker.

It was the second time that Kolofata, which is regularly targeted in attacks blamed on Boko Haram, has been hit by a suicide attacker. At least seven were killed there in a double suicide attack on September 13.

The town is located near Kerawa, another Cameroonian town which lies on the Nigerian border where up to 40 people lost their lives on September 3 in one of the deadliest attacks on Cameroonian territory.

Cameroon, Chad and Niger have formed a military alliance with Nigeria and Benin to battle the extremists, who this year declared allegiance to the Islamic State.

The Islamists' grip on the region has suffered as a result of offensives launched by local armies.