0504 GMT December 05, 2021
In the far north of Cameroon, a 12-year-old girl bomber killed 20 people in an attack on a bar in Maroua, state television said Sunday, just days after 13 died in twin bombings in the city blamed on terrorist Boko Haram group, AFP reported.
The bomber blew herself up among Saturday night revelers in the popular bar, injuring at least 79 others.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the north of the country has been repeatedly targeted by Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorists.
Cameroon's army has joined the regional military offensive against the extremists after suffering repeated deadly raids into its territory.
Maroua – the commercial hub of the extreme north of Cameroon close to the Nigerian and Chadian borders – was already reeling after 13 people were killed in twin bombings on Wednesday in a central market and in a nearby neighborhood by two teenage girls.
Boko Haram has recently stepped up its attacks in the restive Lake Chad region despite a major regional offensive against the terrorists.
Also on Sunday, a blast set off by a female bomber tore through a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu, killing at least 15 people, a police spokesman said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which witnesses said occurred at around 9.30 a.m. (0830 GMT), Reuters reported.
"Fifteen people have been confirmed dead so far and more dead bodies are being brought to the hospital," said police spokesman Toyin Gbadegasin. Witnesses said around 50 people had been injured.
And earlier this month at least nine people were killed in the city by a female bomber as worshippers gathered to mark the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.
The atrocity came a day after Boko Haram were also blamed for a wave of attacks on villages across the border in northeastern Nigeria that left at least 25 dead and forced hundreds more to flee their burning homes.
Boko Haram controlled a swathe of land around the size of Belgium at the end of last year, but were pushed out of most of that territory by Nigerian troops in the last few months, with military help from neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
But the terrorists have since carried out attacks in northern Nigeria and neighboring countries as part of a resurgence.