An attack on a village in northern Cameroon by Boko Haram jihadists on Friday left thirteen civilians, eight of them children.
A traditional chief and a police officer confirmed to AFP that the killing was done after a woman suicide bomber blew herself up.
Cameroon’s Far North region is grappling with deadly incursions from neighboring Nigeria, where an insurgency launched by Boko Haram in 2009 has killed tens of thousands of people.
Mahamat Chetima Abba, the traditional chief, or lamido, in the village of Mozogo, said the attackers arrived in the middle of the night, shouting “Allah Akbar” (“God is greater”) and brandishing machetes.
The panicked villagers tried to run off into the nearby forest, and in the stampede the suicide bomber detonated her device, he said.
The account was confirmed by a member of the local defense committee, who said his group had tried to repel the attack.
“Thirteen civilians died, two of them children aged four and five as well as six teenagers,” a regional police officer told AFP by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The lamido confirmed the number, saying that a woman and her three children were among the dead.
Both attributed the attack to Boko Haram.
Source: Naija News