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Nigeria hit by deadly bomb attack near Cameroon

Deutsche Welle | The attack struck a crowded market on the Nigerian-Cameroonian frontier. Militant groups have long targeted military and civilian sites in the market town and its surrounding areas.

As many as 30 people have been killed after a bomb ripped through a crowded market on a bridge connecting the Nigerian town of Gamboru and Cameroon’s Fotokol.

Authorities said more than 35 other people, including both Nigerians and Cameroonians, were injured and taken to the local hospital in the wake of the attack on Monday.

“A young man picked up an explosive device thinking that it was a piece of iron and it exploded, killing him and eight others,” said Midjiyawa Bakari, the governor of the Cameroon’s Far North Region.

Militant attacks

Militant groups operating in the area have targeted Gamboru on multiple occasions since 2014. That year, Boko Haram seized Gamboru and the nearby town of Ngala.

After a monthslong siege, Nigerian troops managed to wrestle back control of Gamboru with assistance from Chadian forces. But the militant group still launches attacks on military and civilian targets in the area.

Boko Haram’s decadelong insurgency aimed at establishing a so-called caliphate has killed more than 35,000 people and displaced more than 2 million in the region.

An “Islamic State” regional ally that broke off from Boko Haram also stages attacks in the region.

No group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

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3 comments

  1. There is no difference between a psychiatric hospital and a country filled with Christians and Muslims. They are more than easy to manipulate for whatever reason. They do not think and will never.

  2. Extremists are increasingly shaping the image of Islam in Africa. But despite warnings that Islam is becoming increasingly conservative in Africa, experts say the religion is also becoming more diverse as a whole.

    Christian religion is not better though..

    The irony is that all these religions are not african religions..
    Africans were forced these religions but today they use it as a weapon to kill each other..

    The black man need to wake up before its too late…
    Colonization is still big in Arica….

  3. Nigeria is toothless corrupt so called giant of Africa. Nigeria is the mother of all that is good and bad in Africa. Nigeria also can stop the war in Cameroon but the Borroro man Buhari dare not, otherwise France would get rid of him. So what is Africa really good for? Nothing. Sankara tried and was gotten ride of by the French. Africa is the only continent were arms are sold so that they are used for killing its citizen. BH is sponsored by Nigerian law makers and arm dealers and these are facts.

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