Local forces kill two Boko Haram insurgents in Cameroun
SECURITY forces armed with guns and arrows yesterday killed two young women members of the Boko Haram who wore explosive vests in a north Cameroun town.
According to Reuters, the would-be suicide bombers, described as adolescent girls, entered Kolofata just before dawn.
“The first kamikaze (suicide bomber) exploded near my house … When she entered, the local vigilance committee fired an arrow at her head and she set off her bomb,” said resident Bahoua, who declined to give his full name.
Self-defense groups have sprung up across north Cameroun and are overseen by the army.
The other young woman was shot by special forces, known by their French initials BIR, one of the sources said. There were no reports of anyone else being killed or wounded in the town.
Suicide attacks have become an almost daily occurrence in Cameroun’s far northern region despite a military operation late last month to flush out the militants who are seeking to cave out an Islamist state in Nigeria.
Though no one has claimed responsibility for the attempted bomb attack but officials blamed Boko Haram for an assault that killed 10 people in the same town on Friday.
Boko Haram fighters mostly based in northeast Nigeria, have expanded their campaign, setting up camps and launching attacks in neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
These countries along with Nigeria and Benin have formed a 8,700-strong regional task force to combat the group.
Cameroun’s army says it killed 100 Boko Haram members and rescued 900 hostages late November, although some security sources have questioned the scale of the operation.
The United States has sent troops to Cameroun to help with intelligence and other operations against Boko Haram.