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29 dead in multiple bombing attacks in Cameroon

Iran Press TV

Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:11PM

Over two dozen people have lost their lives in three bomb attacks targeting a local market in Cameroon's volatile northern region, a security source says.

'An initial toll shows 29 dead and around 30 injured,' a police source said on condition of anonymity, saying the toll included the three bombers.

According to the source, the bomb attacks targeted a local market in Bodo village, in the far north region of the country, near the frontier with Nigeria on Monday.

He added that the bombers had been trying to access the market but were stopped by local residents.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, but the Takfiri Boko Haram terrorist group, which is based in neighboring Nigeria, has carried out similar attacks in Cameroon.

Over 120 people have reportedly been killed in the far north of Cameroon in more than 20 bomb blasts blamed on the Boko Haram since July 2015.

Cameroon has joined a regional military alliance alongside Niger, Chad and Nigeria in the battle against Boko Haram.

The Boko Haram militancy began in Nigeria in 2009, when the terrorist group started an armed rebellion against the government. At least 17,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million made homeless ever since.

The terrorists have pledged allegiance to the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, which is primarily operating inside Syria and Iraq.

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