At least 30 people were killed in two suicide bombings in northern Cameroon Thursday, the latest violence to hit the area since dozens died in attacks in July blamed on the Boko Haram Islamist group.
The attacks were launched three days after Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed dozens of people in a village across the border in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state.
The fresh violence comes even as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who marks 100 days in office on Saturday, has intensified the battle against Boko Haram.
The Nigerian army said Thursday it had reinstated about 3,000 soldiers who were dismissed for alleged indiscipline in the battle against the insurgents.
Attacks by Boko Haram, which wants to impose a strict Islamic system in northern Nigeria, have killed at least 15,000 people and displaced 1.5 million since 2009.
Military and police sources in Cameroon said the first suicide bombing took place shortly before noon in the marketplace of Kerawa, a city on the border with Nigeria.
It was followed by a second attack about 200 metres (yards) from a military camp, said a police officer who asked not to be identified.
At least 30 people were killed, the sources said, but there was no indication of the number of wounded.
Some 50 people were killed in July in the same region in five suicide attacks blamed on Boko Haram.