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Suspected Boko Haram rebels kill 13 people in Cameroon


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At least 13 people including a Chadian soldier  were killed by a twin suicide attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the northern Cameroon town of Fotokol late on Sunday killed, authorities said according to Reuters.

Reuters reported Cameroon president's office as saying in a statement on Monday that 10 civilians, a Chadian soldier and the two assailants were killed in the attack. Seven soldiers, four from Chad and three from Cameroon, were among 17 people wounded in the attack, the statement reportedly said.

A senior Cameroon military officer reportedly told Reuters earlier on condition of anonymity that the first explosion went off inside a bar near a Cameroon special forces camp just after sundown as people were breaking the Ramadan fast. "The second explosion followed as soldiers approached the bar," the officer reportedly said.

L'Oeil du Sahel, a newspaper in northern Cameroon, said the two attackers wore women's burkas. Islamist group Boko Haram, which launched an insurgency six years ago to carve out an emirate in northeast Nigeria, has also stepped up attacks in neighboring Chad, Cameroon and Niger in recent months.

Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria and Benin have launched a joint military operation to fight the insurgency, which has killed thousands and threatens to destabilize the region.The group is suspected of launching a similar attack in Chad's capital, about 60 km (40 miles) east of Fotokol, on Saturday. A man dressed in a burka blew himself up in the main market, killing 15 people.