Local residents used a poisoned arrow to take down a female suicide bomber strapped with explosives shortly before she detonated herself, authorities in Cameroon told the Associated Press.
Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, said Wednesday that the 40-year-old woman was shot with the low-tech weapon when she didn’t heed the demand to stop after having crossed the border from Nigeria.
A 14-year-old girl accompanying the woman was killed when she detonated her bomb, according to the AP.
Despite the advances in modern weapons technology, the local self-defense group in Cameroon showed that a well-aimed shot from the weapon used for thousands of years can get the job done.
The Daily Mail reported that Cameroon and Nigerian governments allow volunteer groups to bear arms, including guns and homemade weapons, to defend themselves against the threat of the Islamist group Boko Haram.
They are also allowed to carry out other functions normally associated with law enforcement, including intelligence gathering and questioning travelers.
The AP quoted residents who said that five suicide bombers died in the area in recent days.