UPDATE: Death toll in Lake Chad area rises to 50; militants blew themselves up in the middle of crowds

Northern Cameroon killings join attack on Chad's Baga Sola, which, believed to be relatively safe, has attracted thousands of refugees.

TWIN suicide blasts on Sunday killed at least nine people in far northern Cameroon, a day after 41 died in triple explosions in Chad that were blamed on Boko Haram.

Both nations are part of the coalition that has been fighting the jihadists, which in recent months have been launching bloody assaults well beyond their traditional fiefdom in northern Nigeria. 

Two female suicide bombers carried out the attacks in Kangaleri village, around 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the town of Mora in Cameroon, security and local sources said. 

Nine people died when the first woman detonated a bomb in a tiny milk and donut restaurant. The second suicide bomber killed only herself, a local authority official said. Many of the 29 injured were “very badly” hurt, added the official, who asked not to be identified.

On Sudnday, 41 people were killed in triple explosions in a Chadian city on the shores of Lake Chad, blamed on Boko Haram, the government said Sunday.

Another 48 people were wounded, the Chadian government said in a statement, after provisional figures by security sources late Saturday put the death toll at 37 with 52 wounded, some seriously.

“The terrorist group Boko Haram has hit Baga Sola,” the statement added without giving details on the attacks. But it said the situation was under control and urged the population to show greater vigilance.

The powerful explosions struck at around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT) Saturday, with one blast targeting the fish market at Baga Sola and the other two occurring at a refugee camp on the outskirts of the city.

It was the first such attack on Baga Sola, and the belief that it was relatively safe had led tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees and Chadians displaced by Boko Haram violence to seek shelter there.

Humanitarian and security sources say several people blew themselves up in the middle of a crowd.

Lake Chad is shared between Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

The Chadian army has since the start of this year been involved in a regional offensive against Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group operating in Syria and Iraq.

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