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Suicide attack in northern Cameroon kills 6

2 others were injured in attack in Cameroon’s Far North region

Suicide attack in northern Cameroon kills 6

YAOUNDE, Cameroon

Six people have been killed and two others injured in a suicide bomb attack in front of a mosque in northern Cameroon, local sources told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

The attack occurred in the Zamga village of the Mayo Tsanaga department in Cameroon’s Far North Region, an area generally subjected to assaults from the militant group Boko Haram.

"A suicide bomber girl blew herself up at around 7.45 pm local time [1845GMT] in front of a mosque," Mayo Tsanaga prefect Djoboina Jean Daniel said.

"The attack killed six people, including five civilians and the young suicide bomber," he said, adding that two people were injured.

On Monday, 11 villagers were also killed in an attack in Cameroon's Far North Region near the Nigerian border.

At least 381 civilians have been killed by Boko Haram attacks since April in Cameroon and Nigeria amid a spike in suicide bombings, according to Amnesty International.

Boko Haram attacks have killed nearly 2,500 Cameroonians between 2014 and 2017, according to the Defense Ministry.

The UN Refugee Agency estimates approximately 26 million people in the Lake Chad region have been affected by the Boko Haram violence, and more than 2.6 million displaced.

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