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.


Man arrested after UK Parliament attack named as Salih Khater

Updated 15 August 2018
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Man arrested after UK Parliament attack named as Salih Khater

  • Police arrested a 29-year-old man after he appeared to drive his car at cyclists and pedestrians before ramming his car into barriers
  • Counter-terror detectives are working to uncover the motive behind the attack

LONDON: A man detained on Tuesday on suspicion of deliberately targeting pedestrians outside Britain’s parliament is Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin who was not previously known to intelligence agencies, a European security source said.
Police arrested a 29-year-old man after he appeared to drive his car at cyclists and pedestrians before ramming his car into barriers.
Press Association reported Wednesday that a Facebook page for a man of the same name says he lives in Birmingham, works as a shop manager, and has studied at Sudan University of Science and Technology.
“It is still being treated as terrorism but the motive is unknown as yet,” said a European security source. Police have not given any further details about the man’s identity.
Counter-terror detectives are working to uncover the motive behind what they suspect is the fourth vehicle attack in Britain in 18 months.