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13 killed in Cameroon Twin Suicide Attacks 

Another 17 persons, including soldiers, were equally injured

 

At least 13 persons, mainly civilians, were killed while 17 others were injured late Sunday in twin suicide attacks at a bar in northern Cameroon.

Although we are yet to learn of any claim of responsibility for the attacks, they are widely believed to have been carried out by militants of the mainly Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremist group, which has also been active in Cameroon’s north.

Scene of destruction after a Boko Haram attack in neighbouring Nigeria

Scene of destruction after a Boko Haram attack in neighbouring Nigeria

A statement from Cameroon’s presidency on Monday confirmed earlier media reports about the attacks which took place at Fotokol, a town in northern Cameroon that borders Nigeria’s Borno state.

Official versions of the attack have varied on details. The Cameroon presidential statement said those killed included 10 civilians, a Chadian soldier and the two suicide bombers. But Cameroon army spokesperson Col. Didier Badjeck said Monday three Chadian soldiers were among the dead. The presidential statement also said three Cameroonian and four Chadian soldiers, as well as 10 civilians, were injured in the attack.

Witnesses said the first explosion went off inside the bar Sunday evening as the mainly Muslim local population was breaking the Ramadan fast. There was a second explosion as soldiers rushed towards the scene of the attack. The bar is situated near a camp of the BIR, a Cameroonian special operations force that has been leading the charge in the country’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram.

It is not yet clear if authorities have identified all the victims and the attackers.

Sunday’s attack was the second Boko Haram atrocity in Fotokol in six months. In February Boko Haram killed scores of people in a daring attack, during which they also torched churches and mosques.

Cameroonian authorities intensified the fight against Boko Haram last year and hundreds of people have either died or been injured in the war. French President François Hollande on a recent visit to Cameroon pledged more support from his country in the fight against Boko Haram.

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