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Boko Haram suicide bombers target market, school

19 February 2016, 17:00

Yaounde - Two suicide bombers hit a market in the north Cameroon village of Meme, killing at least 22 people, and two others targeted a school in a nearby town on Friday, a Cameroon governor said.

The attackers at the market disguised themselves as food vendors, said Far North Gov. Midjiyawa Bakari. The 105 wounded are being treated at the hospital in the nearby town of Tokombere, some in critical condition, he said.

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The other two attackers were targeting a school in Tokombere, but detonated their explosives in the bush about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) from the school after they were identified, said teacher Mamoudou Gonit. He said the explosions caused panic among teachers and students who ran in different directions, but no one besides the bombers was hurt.

Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group based in Nigeria, was suspected.

In its six-year insurgency, Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced 2.8 million in the region, according to the United Nations and Amnesty International.

- AP


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