Girl strapped with bomb kills 5 in Cameroon mosque

In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, a man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Dalori village near Maiduguri. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola, File)
Updated 13 September 2017
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Girl strapped with bomb kills 5 in Cameroon mosque

YAOUNDE: A girl with a bomb strapped to her walked into a mosque in northern Cameroon where it exploded, killing five worshippers in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, authorities said.
The girl of 12 or 13 years old arrived at the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in remote Kolofata at the first call to prayer at between five and six a.m., the governor of Cameroon’s Far North region Midjiyawa Bakary told Reuters by telephone.
“The men were bowed in prayer when she came,” Bakary said. “Five of the worshippers were killed and the bomber also.”
He did not name any suspects, but Boko Haram has repeatedly used suicide bombers as well as strapping children with explosives to strike at civilian and military targets.
The Nigerian jihadist group, which is now split into at least two factions, has been fighting for almost a decade to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate in the Lake Chad region, where Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad meet.
Allied forces from the four countries have routed it in much of the territory it once controlled, but the group has responded by scattering and stepping up attacks on civilians.
Amnesty International said last week that Boko Haram had killed 381 civilians in Nigeria and Cameroon since the beginning of April, more than double that for the preceding five months.
Of those, 158 of the deaths were in Cameroon, which the rights group linked to a rise in suicide bombings, the deadliest of which killed 16 people in Waza in July.


Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

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Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

  • Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn’t yet made known if he’ll run next year, by which time he’ll be 82.
  • He has led Algeria since 1999 and won a fourth term in 2014 despite suffering a stroke the previous year.

ALGIERS: Algeria’s prime minister has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in April 2019, despite his age and partial paralysis.
Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn’t yet made known if he’ll run next year, by which time he’ll be 82.
Ahmed Ouyahia said Thursday at the opening of his party’s national council that Bouteflika twice saved the North African nation, with his policy of reconciliation that allowed extremist insurgents who nearly brought down the state in the 1990s to rejoin civilian life and by protecting Algeria against the Arab Spring chaos that toppled leaders in Tunisia and Libya.
Ouyahia heads the National Democratic Rally, the No. 2 force in the governing coalition after the FLN, whose chief last October also called for Bouteflika to run.

Bouteflika, head of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN), has led Algeria since 1999 and won a fourth term in 2014 despite suffering a stroke the previous year.
The president made two rare public appearances in a wheelchair in April and May, at the inauguration of a mosque and for the extension of the Algiers metro.
In late May, a group of academics and political figures urged him not to seek a fifth mandate, citing his "advanced age" and "dramatic state of health", and warning against "unhealthy forces" trying to convince him to stand.