Chadian army has been on the front line of a regional military operation against Boko Haram as attacks spread.
At least four civilians and four suicide bombers have been killed in two separate explosions near the Nigerian border in Cameroon’s Far North Region, security sources have said.
Dozens more were wounded in Saturday’s bombing in the village of Nigue, a suburb of Fotokol town, in an attack carried out by suspected members of Nigeria’s armed group, Boko Haram.
“The first [suicide attacker] detonated his bomb in the house of the traditional chief of Leymarie. Five people died including the bomber,” a senior Cameroonian military official who declined to be named told Reuters. Leymarie forms part of Nigue.
“Several minutes later, three female bombers exploded their bombs close to the initial site but they didn’t kill anyone else because they acted too quickly,” the official said.
This year, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Nigeria and its neighbouring countries, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, which have joined an offensive against the group.
Boko Haram used Cameroon’s impoverished Far North to stockpile supplies and recruits until the government cracked down last year.
Cameroon is also in an 8,700-strong regional force led by Nigeria against the the group, expected to be operational by the end of the year.