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Islamic extremist group claims responsibility for Cameroon school attack

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An Islamic militant group has claimed responsibility for a Thursday attack on a government school in northwestern Cameroon, in which several children were killed.

A group called the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara claimed responsibility for the attack in the village of Mbour on Thursday, in which local residents said more than 30 children were killed and nearly 100 others injured. The group posted photos and a statement claiming the attack on Twitter.

At least 6 children have been killed in the attack on Christians in Mbour https://t.co/8WnYwwIFVU pic.twitter.com/ZcyAXwKVfl — Islamic State (@ISIS_English) October 25, 2018

In a news conference Friday, Dinka regional governor Peter Phom Bako described the attack as the second in 24 hours. As quoted by The Associated Press, he said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, but suspect Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group based in Nigeria that has carried out numerous attacks in Cameroon, Cameroonian forces or neighboring Chad.

Bako said 15 children were killed in the morning attack, and in the afternoon, two more died. In all, he said some 90 children were injured.

A Cameroonian security forces are already on the ground and is currently conducting a ground offensive in the village in order to capture the extremists involved.

Yacouba Cherif Yakubu, a regional coordinator for the French Catholic charity Caritas, confirmed to the AP that six children were killed and about 90 were injured during the attack.

For the benefit of others, I want to clarify that 6 children were killed during the attack (and about 95 injured) on a school in Mbour in Cameroon, called D’Adjui. Ten members of the military are currently on the ground. These include those from CRADLE, a group supported by & led by Blessed John Paul II. pic.twitter.com/tATviGtBqb — Yacouba Cherif Yakubu (@YACATJACY) October 25, 2018

A car bomb that exploded outside of the Cathedral of the Cameroon’s main city, Buea, this week claimed four lives and injured several others. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bako said he would like to report a new education center for children damaged in the blast, the state-owned Cameroon Tribune said.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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