West & Central Africa

Suicide Bomber targets small group of children in Cameroun

Five children were killed on Tuesday evening in Zamga, a village in northern Cameroun, two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Nigerian border, when a ‘young girl’ targeted a small group of children and detonated her suicide bomb. Two other children were wounded by the blast.

“This bomb attack introduces a low wicked and deranged aspect of Boko Haram attack against innocent little group of children.” Alfred Ndecheck, a Camerounian missionary living in Nigeria, said.

An AFP report said the “young girl slipped” in among a group of children who were playing and detonated her explosive. In the lat three days of the month of October, about 20 people were killed by the Islamist Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria and Cameroon.

Since 2014, when Cameroon went to war against Boko Haram, the jihadi group has killed

‘2000 civilians and soldiers’ and abducted over ‘a thousand people’ in northern Cameroun, 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. Despite efforts by multinational troops to contain the attacks by the Islamists, villagers and communities still suffer tremendously under the Jihadi terrorist group. “Many of these killings and attacks in remote villages in the far northern Camerounian boarder with Nigeria go unreported by the media. I am sure it si also the same in the areas controlled by Boko Haram and attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria. People are killed, many are sufering but they hardly get to the media,” said Ndecheck.

 

Hassan John is West Africa Editor and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

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