Following a spate of suicide bomb attacks on mosques and churches, Christians in Cameroon have resorted to guarding mosques during prayer sessions and Muslims have also started guarding churches.

Recently, at a mosque on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria, two female suicide bombers detonated explosives, killing at least 10 people.

There have been a spate of attacks on mosques by suspected Boko Haram fighters and Christians and Muslims have decided to join hands to fight what they call a common enemy, reports suggest.

Boko Haram has previously targeted Christians in its jihad campaign.

The development could be a vital gesture to bolster peace and interfaith solidarity. Photo: npr

The development could be a vital gesture to bolster peace and interfaith solidarity. Photo: npr

According to VOA, at a recent morning prayer call in the central mosque at Mozogo, on the border with Nigeria, “the faithful assembled while members of the local vigilante committee kept guard to ensure no stranger is given access”.

The Governor Midjiyawa Bakari reportedly congratulated Christians and Muslims for working together to protect the country from the terrorist group and urged others in the country to follow the example.

There have been various cases of Christians and Muslims working together despite their religious differences.

Recently, in a development which was hailed as a gesture fostering stronger interfaith relations, about 100 Ugandan Christians living in the U.S. raised about shillings 12.6 million ($3,600) to help renovate a crumbling Namayiba mosque, in Uganda.

Last year, a bus in Kenya was attacked by al-Shabaab militants. The militants were targeting Christian passengers but the Kenyan Muslims managed to shield the Christian passengers, reportedly telling the attackers they were prepared to die together, in a show of bravery and religious solidarity.

Source: VOA