A local self-defence group in Cameroon has killed a female suicide bomber using a poisoned arrow just 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.
Local 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. The attacks were reported shortly before Cameroon’s president Paul Biya left for Nigeria to discuss ways of ending Boko Haram violence with his Nigerian counterpart.
According to report, residents near the northern town of Mora said at least five other suicide bombers have died in the last several days. Local governments on the Cameroonian-Nigerian border have allowed self-defense groups to bear arms following the threat of Boko Haram.
The groups have also been given power to carry out intelligence gathering missions, question travellers, and denounce to the military anyone deemed a suspect.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon, his wife Chantal and other officials arrived Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Tuesday. and were received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja. Biya’s visit to Nigeria comes after Buhari’s official visit to Cameroon in July 2015.
The two leaders are to discuss issues of mutual interest to Nigeria and Cameroon. Expected to be high on the agenda are topics such as the ongoing bilateral and regional cooperation against terrorism, violent extremism and cross-border crimes.
Besides Nigeria, Cameroon has been hardest hit by Boko Haram, which now operates out of bases in the Mandara Mountains, Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad. The two leaders are expected to deliver a joint communiqué after their meeting on Wednesday (today) when Biya’s visit to Nigeria ends.