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Blasts leave five dead in far north Cameroon

Five people have been killed in a double bomb attack in a town near Cameroon’s volatile far northern border with Nigeria.

Officials said the bombings were carried out in the town of Dabanga on Saturday.

The first blast was carried out by a female assailant inside a house while the second occurred when another female attacker blew up her explosives near a local store.

According to the governor of the far northern region, Midjiyawa Bakary, two Cameroonian soldiers were also seriously injured in the attacks.

Authorities said the two females were Nigerians who had entered Cameroon as refugees.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility for the deadly incident, but the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group, which is based in neighboring Nigeria, has carried out similar attacks in Cameroon.

Over 100 people have reportedly lost their lives in the far north of Cameroon in about 20 bomb blasts blamed on Nigeria-based Takfiri terrorists since July.

Earlier this month, four female bombers launched attacks near the town of Fotokol, in the same region, leaving five people, including a traditional leader, dead.

Cameroon has joined a regional military alliance alongside Niger, Chad and Nigeria in the battle against Boko Haram.

A convoy of Cameroon soldiers passes through Dabanga as part of a reinforcement of the country’s military forces against Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri group on June 17, 2015. (AFP photo)

The Boko Haram militancy began in 2009, when the terrorist group started an armed rebellion against the government. At least 17,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million made homeless ever since.

The terrorists recently pledged allegiance to the Takfiri Daesh militant group, which is primarily operating inside Syria and Iraq.


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