Two Boko Haram suicide bombers blew themselves up at a burial in Cameroon’s far north on Wednesday morning, killing themselves and at least nine mourners.
Local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said the bombers attacked a burial in Nguetchewe locality in Cameroon’s far north, killing at least nine persons and injuring more than 20 mourners.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria in recent weeks, killing hundreds of people, burning women and children alive and sending many away from their homes even as the Nigerian government claimed that the terrorists have been decimated.
The terrorists who have killed more than 25,000 people in Nigeria in seven years and over 1200 in Cameroon since 2013, including 67 soldiers, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March last year and have since modelled their barbarism after the Middle East killers.
On Tuesday, the Nigerian Army announced that it had arrested two of its personnel with unauthorised military items likely meant for Boko Haram, highlighting the difficulty in fighting a terror group with men in the Nigerian army.
The terrorists are firmly based in the Sambisa forest, an area 18 times the size of Nigeria’s most populous state of Lagos, where the army has not penetrated and many soldiers are afraid of going there.
The Nigerian Army also announced on Tuesday that it had dismissed more than 200 soldiers afraid of fighting Boko Haram. The soldiers, the army said in a statement are coward and do not deserve to be part of the army.
With traitors in the Nigerian army and many soldiers afraid of fighting Boko Haram, the war against insurgency does not look like ending soon, especially because a Nigerian senator from Borno said last Saturday that claims by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria that the terrorists have been weakened are simply false as they still occupy half of Borno, Nigeria’s second largest state.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has vowed many times that the military will crush the terrorists within months but with the killings and bombings continuing, many are wondering if the 83-year old leader who has been in power for 33 years still has anything to offer to a country bent by poverty and gargantuan corruption, and now by terrorism.
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