At least 14 people were killed and around 30 wounded in Waza, a small town in Cameroon near the Nigerian border, on Wednesday evening after two female suicide bombers targeted a crowded area filled with restaurants and kiosks. A local official told Agence France-Presse that the town has since been “sealed off,” barring anyone from entering or leaving. The official said those wounded were in “quite serious” condition. Midjiyawa Bakari, the governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, later confirmed that a baby was among the casualties.
On Thursday morning, security forces said that Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group founded in Nigeria, was likely responsible for the attack. A day before the bombing in Cameroon, Boko Haram fighters were suspected of killing at least 17 people in Borno state, Nigeria. For the last eight years, Boko Haram has waged a military insurgency in northeast Nigeria, with violence spilling over into neighboring countries like Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. In 2015, the African Union approved a Multinational Joint Task Force between the four countries—together known as the Lake Chad Basin—in an effort to topple Boko Haram strongholds in northeastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon.