Teen girl bomber kills 20 in Cameroon
KANO, Nigeria — A teenage girl with a bomb killed at least 20 people and herself and injured dozens Saturday in the town of Maroua, Cameroon, near the Nigerian border, according to residents and a military officer.
The evening attack on a crowded bar comes just two days after two female suicide bombers disguised as beggars struck in the same town. At least 11 people were killed and 32 others were wounded in the Wednesday attacks at the entrance to a market and a nearby neighborhood.
Maroua serves as a military base for Cameroon’s elite force fighting Boko Haram Islamists. In recent months, the terror group has intensified suicide attacks and deadly raids on Cameroonian territory from its base inside Nigeria.
In eastern Nigeria’s Adamawa state, a bloody and terrifying raid by Boko Haram on Friday left at least 25 people dead in three villages, according to residents and a local government official. Adamawa state borders Borno state, Boko Haram’s birth place and main stronghold.
Storming in on motorcycles, the gunmen attacked the neighboring villages of Kopa, Maikadire and Yaffa around 9 a.m. local time, shooting and killing residents, according to witnesses and local government chairman Maina Ularamu.