Indomitable Lions skipper Mbia saddened by terror attacks in Cameroon
Cameroon national team captain Stephane Mbia has sent a message of condolence and get well-soon to the victims of terrorist attacks which has seen over 20 lives lost in his native country over the past few days.
Media reports say that at least 20 people have been killed with 22 others injured after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at a popular night spot in the town of Maroua in northern Cameroon, three days after two separate attacks there.
In an exclusive interview with sportscrusader.com, the midfielder who players for Turkish club Trabzonspor shared his grief with the bereaved families and called for Cameroon to unite as nation during these difficult times.
“It’s sad that this should happen to our beloved country. These acts are senseless and we call on the Cameroonian government to keep the country united and focused,” Mbia told sportscrusader.com.
The Indomitable Lions further said: “As a united team and Cameroonians, we are all truly very saddened to hear of the attacks carried out by Boko Haram in Maroua. We would like to appeal to the government to continue in their effort to keep the general public safe and united as we go through these difficult times.
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“We should continue to show our solidarity and support to those affected by all acts of terror and never give up hope. We believe we are stronger than these challenges. Our prayers go out to all the families and people affected by these senseless act if terror.”
While there have been no claims of responsibility, Boko Haram militants have been blamed for scores of attacks in the region this year.
The separate attacks occurred last week when two young girls detonated explosives that they had worn killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 22.
One of the girls is reported to have been at a central market and the other was at the adjoining Hausa neighbourhood when they detonated the explosives.
Authorities later told the press that one of the girls, aged nine, was disguised as a beggar at the time she carried out her mission.
The jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram, which was founded in neighbouring Nigeria, has vowed to attack Cameroon because the country has supported the Nigerian military’s mission to defeat the group.