Troops in northern Cameroon/Photo: AFP

Agency report

Two female bombers were thwarted as they tried to stage a double suicide attack on Mora in Cameroon’s Far North Thursday.

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One blew herself up and the second was shot dead by troops, security sources said.

“At around 7:30 am (0630 GMT), two young suicide bombers entered the town of Mora” with the aim of blowing themselves up. But they were identified, a military official told AFP.

 “When we tried to arrest them, one blew herself up, wounding the other,” he said, indicating that the second bomber was shot dead by soldiers from an elite unit fighting on the frontlines against Islamist Boko Haram militants who are based in northeastern Nigeria.
Thursday is market day in Mora, a town near the Nigerian border which is home to the headquarters of a multi-national force fighting Boko Haram.

Similar attack

On Monday evening, another female bomber was shot dead by troops in the same area. She was trying to stage an attack in Kolofata, a town just 21 kilometres (13 miles) away.

Also, three civilians were killed in a suicide attack on Mora in August.

Linked to Boko Haram

After several weeks of calm, the Far North region has been hit by a surge of violence. Boko Haram has been blamed.

Six soldiers were then killed on Monday night in a militant attack on a Lake Chad army base.

Cameroon has been fighting the group since 2014. And operations by the joint regional force have helped the Nigerian military retake swathes of territory from the insurgents. But the jihadist group still poses a security threat to civilians.