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    Suicide Bombers Kill 25 in Cameroon

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    Multiple suicide bombers attacked a town in far northern Cameroon on Monday, killing at least 25 people and wounding others.

    Local officials say up to four bombers blew themselves up in the town of Bodo on the Nigeria-Cameroon border.  The town is in an area frequently targeted by Boko Haram militants.

    The Reuters news agency cites an official as saying two bombers hit the town’s central market, while others blew themselves up at the town’s main entrance and exit points.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on Boko Haram.

    The group has carried out numerous deadly attacks in northern Cameroon since 2013, when the government began cracking down on militants using the region as a base to launch attacks in Nigeria.

    Earlier this month, two female suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the town of Kolofata, killing at least 10 other people.   Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Bodo last month but killed only themselves.

    Cameroon is one of five countries taking part in a regional task force set up to fight Boko Haram.  The militant group has killed an estimated 20,000 people and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes since launching its insurgency in 2009.

    The group says it is fighting to establish a strict Islamic state in Muslim-majority northern Nigeria.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    January 25, 2016 1:15 PM
    Boko-haram’s active in West’Africa - Nigeria/Niger/Chad/Cameroon. Suppressing information about its activities became the order of the day since Major General Muhammadu Buhari took over power Nigeria. Nowadays we hear what boko-haram’s done but we don’t hear what’s been done to boko haram. The reason is obviously glaring – boko-haram or proxies are in charge in the country purporting to spearhead the fight against terrorism! There seems no better understanding the fact that boko-haram is being pampered by the administration in Abuja begging to rant it amnesty while elsewhere suicide bombings are going on, killing villagers, arsons everywhere in the coalition countries that’ve set themselves aside to fight the insurgency.

    Yesterday, in the name of herdsmen, the insurgents sacked, burnt and killed dozens of people in five villages in Nasarawa, northeast Nigeria.

    Once again the army’s behavior leaves much to question: the army ran away and a senior police officer (DPO) was killed. Are they mere herdsmen or terrorists? How long will the Buhari-led administration continue to deceive Nigerians and the world? Why hide behind herdsmen this people killing Christians everywhere in the region,? These things point out the leadership at Aso’Rock and the Nigerian Army as the true sponsors of boko-haram.

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