At least five children were killed Tuesday night and two others injured after a young girl carried out a suicide attack in the northern region of Cameroon.
The incident reportedly happened when children were playing at night in the Cameroonian village of Zamga, about a mile from the Nigerian border.
“A suicide bomber blew herself up (on Tuesday) at around 7.45 pm (1845 GMT) in the village of Zamga, two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the Nigerian border,” a security officer responsible for the zone told AFP from the capital Yaounde.
“Five children were killed and two others wounded,” he said on condition of anonymity, adding that the suicide bomber was also killed in the blast.
It is understood that a number of children were playing in the Boko Haram ravaged region when “a young girl slipped in” among them and triggered her explosive charge.
The latest suicide blast by Boko Haram comes after no fewer than 20 people were killed over the weekend by the Islamist terrorists in separate attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon.
While the military has degraded the Jihadists capacity for carrying out heavy attacks on major cities and government buildings, they still spring up with the occasional surprise attacks on soft targets.
The International Crisis Group (ICG) reports that since 2014 when Cameroon went to war against Boko Haram, the insurgents have killed “2,000 civilians and soldiers” and abducted “a thousand people” in the far north of the country.
But the terrorist activities have had the bigger toll in Nigeria where over 20,000 people have been killed and over two million displaced since its emergence eight years ago.