Suicide bomber kills 4 in northern Cameroon

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Updated 23 August 2017
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Suicide bomber kills 4 in northern Cameroon

YAOUNDE: A child bomber killed four members of a local self-defense group late Tuesday in northern Cameroon, an area often targeted by Boko Haram jihadists in their long-running insurgency.
The attack in the village of Amchide, near the Nigerian border, was confirmed on Wednesday by a member of the self-defense force who requested anonymity, as well as by a security source in the capital, Yaounde.
“I was in my sector when I heard a large explosion in another part of the town,” the self-defense source said.
“We saw that a boy had blown himself up in the middle of a group from the security committee,” he said.
Two people were killed immediately, while two others died from their wounds later, he added.
Attacks attributed to Boko Haram fighters have flared in northern Cameroon in recent weeks after months of relative calm, often targeting self-defense groups set up to respond to the jihadist threat.
On August 5, a similar attack in the village of Ouro-Kessoum, also near the Nigerian border, killed eight people, following a double suicide attack nearby in July that killed 15.
Boko Haram’s bloody eight-year armed insurgency, initially focussed on northeast Nigeria, has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million.
The United Nations on Tuesday warned against the group’s surging use of children, mainly girls, as human bombs.
Since the beginning of the year, 83 children have been used to carry out bomb attacks in northeast Nigeria, UNICEF said, four times as many attacks as in all of 2016.


Police open criminal cases against 17,000 members of Pakistan’s outgoing ruling party

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Police open criminal cases against 17,000 members of Pakistan’s outgoing ruling party

  • Cases were also registered against 39 members from Khan’s movement, the police statement said
  • The police statement said 270 people had been detained, but it did not say which political party they belonged to

LAHORE, Pakistan: Police have opened criminal cases against nearly 17,000 members of Pakistan’s outgoing ruling party over breaking election rules, a statement said on Monday, as the country prepares to go to the polls next week.
The latest 16,868 cases, which the police statement said were registered in the eastern province of Punjab over the past four days, come after the party said police had also detained hundreds of members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the central city of Lahore.
The statement gave no details of which election rules were suspected of having been broken.
The party’s founder, ousted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, facing a conviction in absentia on corruption charges, was jailed last week when he returned to the country seeking to revitalize the PML-N ahead of the July 25 vote.
The campaign has been riven by that accusations Pakistan’s powerful military is working behind the scenes to skew the contest in favor of ex-cricket hero Imran Khan.
The military, which has ruled the nuclear-armed country for almost half its history and ended Sharif’s second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup, has repeatedly denied any interference. Khan has also denied colluding with the military.
National polls indicate a close race between the PML-N and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) led by Khan, with the Pakistan Peoples Party in third place.
Cases were also registered against 39 members from Khan’s movement, the police statement said.
It said 270 people had been detained, but it did not say which political party they belonged to.
The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said it was concerned about the legitimacy of the election, saying “the public perception that all parties have not been given equal freedom to run their election campaigns.”
Police detained the members of the PML-N in Lahore last week ahead of a rally by tens of thousands of supporters welcoming home Sharif, who was arrested upon landing.
On Sunday, Pakistani authorities opened a criminal investigation into leaders of PML-N under an anti-terrorism law.
The case relates to a march staged by the PML-N on July 13, when Sharif returned to Pakistan, which defied a ban on holding public rallies.