Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live



Cameroon: Four killed in new suicide attack

Cameroon: Four killed in new suicide attack


Four Muslim faithfuls have been killed in a new suicide bomb attack at a mosque in the Far North region of Cameroon on Monday.

The attack took place at Ngwetchewe in the Mayo-Moskota division. The area has been regularly attacked by terrorists.

A security source speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed that four Muslims were killed in the attack which happened around 0500 hours GMT Monday morning.

Another source said that others who were seriously wounded by the attack have been taken to Koza, a nearby health centre for medical attention.

“The suicide bomber (boy) came to the village on foot. A member of the vigilance committee noticed his suspicious gestures and tried to arrest him. The suicide bomber ran towards the mosque where he detonated his explosive,” the security source said.

The explosion occured at the time when some faithfuls were still inside the mosque. This suicide attack comes a week after 12 persons were killed in a similar attack which targeted a mosque at Kouyape during morning prayers.

According to Cameroonian authorities, close to 1200 people have been killed ever since Boko Haram started attacking the Far North region in 2013.

Cameroon has repeatedly re-enforced its military presence along the border and has joined the regional military coalition created to combat the terrorists.

Cameroon’s Far North Governor recently told the press after the attack of the Kouyape mosque, “the suicide bombers now choose to operate at night by hiding from the population.” He advised the population to pray in shifts and report any unusual behaviour to security agents.