The Islamist armed group Boko Haram used apparent child suicide bombers in an unlawful attack on a site for displaced people in the Far North region of Cameroon, Human Rights Watch said today.
The attack, carried out overnight between August 1 and 2, 2020 in the town of Nguetechewe, killed at least 17 civilians, including 5 children and 6 women, and wounded at least 16. There was no evident military objective in the vicinity.
“The Boko Haram’s nighttime suicide attack in Nguetechewe appears designed to maximize civilian deaths and injuries,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Using apparent children as suicide bombers to attack displaced people is a grossly repugnant war crime.”
Source: Human Rights Watch