Female Would-Be Suicide Bomber Killed By Poisoned Arrow

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A Cameroon self-defense group killed a suicide bomber with a poisoned arrow before she was able to detonate her explosives.

According to the Daily Mail, a 40-year-old woman had crossed the border from Nigeria into Cameroon with a 14-year-old girl, both of whom had explosives attached to their bodies.

When the woman did not stop when challenged, local residents shot the woman and discovered her explosives. The teenager also died after detonating the explosives strapped to her body.

Female bombers are often used by the alarming terrorist group. According to the Sun, 80 percent of the suicide bombings that occurred in Cameroon in 2015 were executed by women between the ages of 14 and 24.

In the past few days, numerous suicide bombers have died near the town of Mora. The increase in the number of attacks reportedly stem from the actions of Cameroonian president Paul Biya, as he went to Nigeria to discuss strategies to end the reign of terror caused by Boko Haram.

Self-defense groups near the Cameroonian-Nigerian border have been given permission by local governments to bear arms. The groups are also allowed to question travelers, perform intelligence gathering missions, and inform the military of anyone who is seen as suspicious.

About 10,000 Cameroonian troops, including the Rapid Intervention Brigade, have been deployed to protect Cameroonian residents and to patrol the most dangerous section of the border. Since August 2014, 336 attacks have been officially reported to have been carried out by Boko Haram within Cameroon. However, the terrorist group has now resorted to guerilla tactics to harm civilians.

According to The Indian Express, a security summit will be held May 14 in Abuja, Nigeria, with officials from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Great Britain, France, and the United States. Furthermore, a joint initiative consisting of 8,700 troops from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria have begun working together against the terrorist group.

"The goal now is to stop Boko Haram incursions into villages, stop them from planting IEDs, and stop suicide bombings," said Lieutenant-Colonel Felix Tetcha, a senior officer in the military operation against Boko Haram.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Sun, The Indian Express / Photo credit: SGT Tracy R. Myers/Wikimedia Commons

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