Female suicide bombers kill dozens in Nigeria, Cameroon

By Doug G. Ware and Shawn Price  |  Updated Feb. 11, 2016 at 6:02 AM
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DIKWA, Nigeria, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Female suicide bombers were responsible for a pair of suicide attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon Wednesday -- killing numerous people and wounding dozens more, news reports and emergency officials said.

Two bombers entered the camp in northeastern Nigeria on Monday with a third young woman, all disguised as displaced people. The two blew themselves up at dawn, while the third changed her mind after finding out her family was in the camp, said Satomi Alhaji Ahmed, head of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.

At least 58 people were killed and 78 injured.

Most news reports Wednesday said the suicide attackers were perhaps supporters of the Boko Haram militant group.

The third girl surrendered to authorities and warned of more attacks in the works for the camp.

Hours earlier, two other female suicide bombers attacked a funeral in Cameroon, which borders Nigeria to the east.

CCTV Africa reported that the Cameroon attack killed at least six people and wounded more than 30 -- and included several children. The attackers there are believed to be from Boko Haram.

The militant group has been heavily active in Africa in recent years. More than 50 people were killed by Boko Haram in an attack in northeast Nigeria on Jan. 31.

Also Wednesday, the Nigerian army said it killed an untold number of Boko Haram militants in an ambush at a cattle market near the town of Mainok.

More females are joining Boko Haram's campaign of terror in Africa, either by choice or by force. Newsweek reported this week that some women are being kidnapped or bought by militants and forced into fighting for the group.

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