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Cameroon: Boko Haram attack in Far North April 2

Boko Haram militants kill five soldiers in attack in Far North region April 2

03 Apr 04:40 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/3/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/10/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Far North

Event

At approximately 18:45 (local time) on Monday, April 2, Boko Haram militants attacked a military outpost in the Sagmé area of Fotokol (Logone et Chari department, Far North region), killing at least five soldiers. According to a military spokesperson, the militants fled after seizing weapons and ammunition. Overnight on April 1-2, Boko Haram fighters also attacked two military positions in the Amtalia and Mogberé areas of Mokolo (Far North region), killing at least one soldier and wounding another.

Context

Although the counterinsurgency effort against Boko Haram that began in 2015 - led by West African states (Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger) - has greatly diminished the extent of their effective territorial control, the group continues to routinely carry out deadly terrorist attacks. Boko Haram's stronghold remains in northeastern Nigeria, and the majority of its activities are concentrated in this area. However, the Far North region of Cameroon, especially areas along the border with Nigeria, also regularly experiences attacks attributed to Boko Haram militants; the group's presence in Far North dates back to at least 2011.

Advice

Individuals present in Cameroon are advised to limit time in areas deemed particularly likely to be targeted in a terrorist attack (crowded markets, etc.) and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities.

Some Western governments advise citizens in or planning travel to Cameroon against travel to the Far North region as well as other areas bordering Nigeria, Chad, and the Central African Republic; travel to these areas should only be considered with appropriate security protocols in place.

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