Twin suicide bombings in Maroua, northern Cameroon, yesterday, are part of a growing pattern of armed groups such as Boko Haram targeting civilians as the regional conflict grows ever more dangerous, said Amnesty International today.
The attacks, in which at least 13 people were killed and 30 injured, is the third large-scale attack against Cameroonian civilians this month. More than 50 civilians have been killed in the last three weeks, following months of relative calm in the region.
"It is deeply worrying that we are now seeing such a sharp increase in attacks, and the use of tactics such as suicide bombs deliberately and indiscriminately targeting civilians shows a total disregard for human life,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International Central Africa Researcher, who recently returned from a research mission in Maroua.
“Those behind these recent attacks should be identified and brought to justice, and the Cameroonian security forces should use all lawful and necessary means to protect the civilian population from Boko Haram, while upholding human rights standards.”