DOUALA, Cameroon (Reuters) – Eight people were killed & 21 wounded in a suspected suicide bombing by Boko Haram early on Friday morning in Cameroon's Far North region, local officials said.
The Islamist militant group wants to establish an Islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria, & its attacks have spilled across the borders of neighbouring countries.
"There were two suicide bombers," said a local official. "Only the first bomb exploded."
Along with Chad, Niger, Nigeria & Benin, Cameroon has contributed troops to an 8,700-strong regional task force dedicated to fighting Boko Haram. The United States has moreover sent troops to supply intelligence & other assistance.
Last week, Cameroon's army said it had killed 100 members of the group & freed 900 hostages.
(Reporting by Josiane Kouagheu; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Kevin Liffey)