Cameroon's President Paul Biya on Monday condemned a bomb attack that struck a Youth Day parade in the restive North-West region, killing a 15-year-old student and injuring several others.
"A heinous act was committed by cowardly criminals in Nkambe, North-West Region while young Cameroonians were celebrating the day dedicated to them," Biya said in a statement posted on his social media pages. "I strongly condemn this terrorist attack."
The homemade bomb exploded in the main square of Nkambe on Sunday after the parade concluded, killing Cherish Limnuyu, a student from Nwagri General High School, and injuring others, some seriously, Biya confirmed.
The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde also condemned the attack, saying "nothing can justify an attack against civilians and children in particular."
No group has claimed responsibility, but the attack bears the hallmarks of armed separatists who have been fighting for an independent state in the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions since 2017.
Education has been a frequent target of the separatists, with the United Nations reporting in January that only around 3,000 of the region's nearly 7,000 schools remain operational due to the conflict.