Cameroon banned Islamic veil after suicide bombings in Fotokol

Jul 17, 2015 10:10 IST

CameroonCameroon on 16 July 2015 banned wearing of full-face Islamic veil, including the burka, in the Far North region. The decision follows two suicide bomb attacks in which two women dressed in the religious garments blew themselves up on 12 July 2015 in Fotokol, Cameroon.

At least 13 people were killed in the attack. The Governor of the mainly Muslim region said the measure was to prevent further attacks.

Besides, Muslims in the north of Cameroon have also been banned from holding large gatherings without permission at the end of Ramadan.

Northern region of the Central African country joined Chad, Congo and Gabon in making the religious garment, including the burka, illegal in public spaces.

All these countries are affected regions due to Boko Harams, the Islamist group based in Nigeria. Boko Haram militants usually use female suicide bombers as they can smuggle bombs into public places without detection.

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