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Monday 11 December 2017

20 killed in Cameroon suicide bombings

The attacks took place in Maroua, northern Cameroon
The attacks took place in Maroua, northern Cameroon

At least 20 people have died after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a regional capital in northern Cameroon.

Police spokesman Eric Bambue warned that the death toll could increase as the search for bodies continues at the scene of the blasts in Maroua. They took place in a busy marketplace and in a popular neighbourhood.

Cameroon, which borders Nigeria and has contributed troops to the multinational force fighting the Boko Haram Islamic extremist rebels there, has been attacked twice before by suicide bombers.

Boko Haram's six-year insurgency to establish an Islamic State in Nigeria has spilled over into neighbouring countries.

According to Cameroonian businessman Ousmaila Toukour, hundreds more people were injured and most of the goods sold in the market came from Nigeria.

Press Association

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