At least 35 people have been killed and 126 others injured by suicide bombers in Damaturu, Yobe state capital and Maroua in the far north of Cameroun.
While 15 died and 47 others injured when a suicide bomber struck yesterday in Damaturu’s Sunday Market, 20 others were killed in another suicide attack carried out by a 12-year-old girl in a bar in Maroua on Saturday night. This came a few days after 13 died in twin bombings in the city, according to state television.
Yobe State Police spokesman, Toyin Gbadegeshin, confirmed that a blast set off by a female suicide bomber tore through a crowded market in Damaturu yesterday, killing 15 people.
The incident occurred at around 9.30am when the market was about to reach its peak. The market usually attracts many buyers and sellers as it is the only main market in the town.
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion, but it is the latest in a series of attacks in the last few weeks that bear the hallmarks of Boko Haram terrorists.
Gbadegasin said: “Fifteen people have been confirmed dead so far and more dead bodies are being brought to the hospital”.
Witnesses said around 50 people had been injured.
Unconfirmed report indicated that the explosion was caused by a suspected female suicide bomber who was between the ages of 19 or 20, and that the death toll may rise following the severe injuries inflicted on the people at the scene of the incident.
Another witness confirmed that he counted 15 dead bodies at the scene while unspecified number of people was wounded before they were conveyed to hospital for treatment.
One Mallam Samaila Audu said, “A girl of around 20, blew herself up at the entrance of Sunday Market in Damaturu near sugarcane and chicken sellers”.
Damature explosion came six days after a suicide bomber killed three policemen at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city, while earlier this month, at least nine people were killed in the city by a female suicide bomber as worshippers gathered to mark the Muslim Eid-el-Fitri holiday.
Regarding the Cameroun attack, state television reported that a 12-year-old girl suicide bomber blew herself up in the bar, killing 20 people and injuring at least 79 in the blast.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the north of the country has been repeatedly targeted by Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremists.
The state TV channel said, “A girl of around 12 blew herself up between two takeaway sales points. Security forces have sealed off the area and have made several arrests”
The atrocity came a day after Boko Haram were also blamed for a wave of a attacks on villages across the border in North-Eastern Nigeria that left at least 25 dead and forced hundreds more to flee their burning homes.
Cameroun’s army has joined the regional military offensive against the extremists after suffering repeated deadly raids into its territory.
Maroua, the commercial hub of the extreme north of Cameroun close to the Nigerian and Chadian borders, was already reeling after 13 people were killed in twin suicide bombings last Wednesday in a central market and in a nearby neighbourhood by two teenage girls.
A police officer at the scene of the bar bombing said he had counted “12 bodies” shortly after the attack but the toll later rose.
A resident told of “a loud explosion”, saying they had learnt there was an attack at the Boucan bar, a large and popular nightspot.
Maroua has been under heavy security for months as the threat from Boko Haram has grown, with motorbikes – which the insurgents often use to stage their raids – banned from the streets after dark.
Last week, Cameroun extended a ban on full Islamic veils in parts of the country as it seeks to curb the threat from female suicide bombers.
The full veil was already banned in the northern and western regions of the country.
Muslims make up around one quarter of the population. It is now also forbidden in the east.

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