Two teenage suicide bombers, believed to be Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly killed three persons in the northern Cameroun town of Mora.
According to the Cameroun military, the dead included a police officer, two civilians and the two female suicide bombers, who detonated themselves around 8am yesterday in the Galdi neighbourhood near the entrance to the town.
The youth set off their suicide belts in the town of Mora as a police officer became suspicious of their appearance and approached to question them, a security source said on condition of anonymity.
Another source close to regional security forces confirmed the toll and said that the attackers, who aimed to target the town’s market, were a “young girl and a young boy,” without giving any more details.
The Mora attack is the latest cross-border attack by Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militant group.
Reports by Reuters said one of the military officers, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the press said the bomb attacks happened not far from the town stadium when the police officer who was killed attempted to carry out a routine check.
He said authorities had dispatched teams to the scene of the bombing to gather more details and it was possible the death toll from the attack could rise.
Mora lies just a few kilometres from Boko Haram’s strongholds in northeastern Nigeria.
The Islamist group has stepped up its attacks in the area since Cameroun last year launched a crackdown on the group, which had previously used the Extreme North region as a base for recruiting and supplying its operations in Nigeria.
Yesterday’s attack marked the third time since the start of September that the area had been hit by double suicide blasts -7 people were killed in a strike in Kolofata on September 13 and between 20 to 40 people are thought to have died in a bombing on September 3 in Kerawa.
Since July, some 100 people have died in suicide attacks in the extreme north of Cameroon, which has joined the regional fight against Boko Haram.
The Nigerian-based Islamists have seized countless number of children and youths during their six-year insurgency that has killed at least 15,000 people and left more than two million homeless.


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