Two women suicide bombers, suspected members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram, were killed this Monday morning in the Cameroonian town of Mora (Far North), after activating their explosive charge which did not cause further casualties.
The two terrorists, who were apparently remotely led by sponsors, eventually blew themselves up, while they had just been spotted by members of the vigilante committee at the entrance to the town at a place called “Derrière le lycée” that promptly issued the alert, reports the APA.
The town of Mora had already been the victim of a similar attack in December 2016 which had killed three people, including the suicide bomber. The new attack, commented the APA, comes at a time when Boko Haram, once used to mass assaults, has been reduced to isolated attacks and sometimes to cluster munitions on borrowed roads by the Cameroonian army.
According to the Government of Cameroon, which also reports victories in the cross-border area with Nigeria, the jihadist movement is now losing momentum, caught up by the Multinational Joint Force in synergy with the Armed forces of the countries of the Lake Chad region.
In a report published last February, Amnesty International revealed that Boko Haram had killed 260 civilians in 150 attacks in 2016, mostly in Far North communities.
“The civilian population living around Lake Chad has been targeted in a systematic way. Boko Haram deliberately targeted civilians by committing attacks on markets, mosques, churches, schools and bus stations, “the report said.
“In January alone, at least nine suicide bombings claimed the lives of more than 60 civilians. On February 10, in Nguéchéwe, 60 kilometers from Maroua, two women blew themselves up during a funeral, killing at least nine civilians, including one child, and wounding more than 40 people. On February 19, two other women did the same in an extremely crowded market in the village of Mémé, not far from Mora, killing at least 24 and injuring 112 civilians. Five people were killed and at least 34 others injured in two suicide bombings in markets in Mora on 21 August and 25 December, “the NGO said.