A police spokesman in Far North, Cameroon, said on Monday, April 6, that two suicide bombers had detonated their explosives the previous evening in the village of Amchide, on the border with Nigeria. According to a press release by the minister of defense, the suicide bombers were two young boys. The explosion killed ten people, including the bombers; and injured fourteen, ten of them seriously.
Why It Matters
The Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, when the jihadist group started an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria. When the insurgency started to spread to neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from 2012, the Multinational Joint Task Force—established by Nigeria in 1994—was expanded to address the escalating Boko Haram crisis. Attacks and deaths in Cameroon have escalated gradually. According to Amnesty International, at least 275 Cameroonians were killed in the Far North Region in 2019. The insurgency has pushed Chadian president Idriss Déby to ramp up his country’s military offensive against the jihadists, but even with that and the task force, it is unlikely that Boko Haram will be dislodged through military efforts alone. The authorities should review their approach, and consider measures to support education and the regional economy if they want to weaken Boko Haram’s ability to recruit young men and boys.