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Cameroon: Boko Haram attack in Far North June 13

Boko Haram militants attack Alhadjiri (Far North region) on June 13; one civilian killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/14/2018, 12:00 AM until 6/15/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Far North

Event

Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Alhadjiri (Far North region) just after midnight (local time) on Wednesday, June 13. The attackers killed one person, a businessman, before fleeing. Further attacks by Boko Haram militants are possible in the area in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Although the regional 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 to 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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