Two female suicide bombers were intercepted in the village of Homaka-Blabline (Mora-District) in the Far North Region of Cameroon. According to Cameroon Concord, the first bomber was shot by a member of the local vigilance committee, while the second detonated her explosive device, killing herself instantly.
Cameroonian military later detonated the unexploded explosives strapped on the first bomber. There were no casualties apart from the pair. The two female suicide bombers were from Madawaya, a Nigerian village near Homaka-Blabline.
Just last week, a local self-defence group in Cameroon killed a female suicide bomber using a poisoned arrow moments before she was set to blow herself up. The 40-year-old woman, who allegedly crossed over from neighboring Nigeria along with a 14-year-old girl, had explosives strapped to her body. Residents reportedly shot the poisoned arrow at the woman after she failed to stop as demanded. The girl also died when she detonated her own explosives.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram militants are reportedly working to enlist traditional and religious leaders in northern Cameroon to recruit new members amid continued military pressure on both sides of the border. A Muslim religious leader, Abdouraman Ousman, who claimed members of the militant group kidnapped him from his home in Kerawa on the border with Nigeria last year, said the militants told him that he could go home if he would recruit for them, but he refused and was freed in February during a raid by soldiers.
Thus, the Cameroonian government has urged religious leaders to cooperate with the government in its fight against the Boko Haram insurgence.
Boko Haram is based in Nigeria, where it has overrun villages, killed thousands of people and abducted hundreds of women and children in recent years. Nigeria began a major offensive against Boko Haram last year, prompting many of the militants to scatter across the border into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon to carry out attacks. The four countries’ military forces have been trying to work together to combat the group.