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Deadly suicide attacks rock northern Cameroon

Cameroonian soldiers patrolling the northern city of Waza on February 17, 2015.

At least seven people were killed in two bomb attacks on Sunday in the northern Cameroon town of Kolofata, according to government officials, in what appeared to be the latest attack by Boko Haram militant group from nearby Nigeria.

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At least three people were killed in the first explosion, which struck near a well in the town, while at least four people were killed by a second bomb near a church, according to the local deputy prefect.

"According to the information I have, there were seven killed in two attacks in Kolofata," Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Reuters.

Kolofata lies close to the border with northeast Nigeria and has repeatedly been the target of attacks by Boko Haram, which has carried out raids, kidnappings and, more recently, suicide attacks.

On September 3, the nearby town of Kerawa was hit by two suicide attacks that killed at least 20 people.

Cameroon's army says it has killed scores of Boko Haram militants and detained more than 1,000 people suspected of links to the Islamist group, which has declared allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.

Cameroon is also a major contributor to a five-nation regional force expected to start operations against Boko Haram this year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
 

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