On Wednesday, August 15, Cameroonian security forces carried out a raid against a secessionist militant position in the village of Tali (Lebialem department, Southwest region). According to a military spokesperson, five militants were killed in the assault and one hostage was safely released. Clashes between separatists militants and security forces have become increasingly violent in recent months and additional fighting is expected to continue in the near-term.
Tensions between the country's minority English-speaking community and the national authorities in the Northwest and Southwest regions remain high. The period since November 2016 has been marked by the closure of all English-speaking schools, strikes, unrest, and sporadic violence. These tensions have escalated considerably since October 2017, when secessionists unilaterally proclaimed independence in the region. The fighting has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee over the border into Nigeria.
Individuals in Cameroon are advised to remain aware of the threat of kidnapping, report all suspicious objects and behavior to the relevant authorities, and take adequate precautionary measures.
Due to ongoing sociopolitical violence, individuals in the Northwest and Southwest regions are advised to closely monitor the situation, obey all instructions issued by the local authorities (particularly curfews), and avoid protests or large gatherings due to the risk of associated violence. On a separate note, some Western governments advise against travel to the Far North region as well as other areas bordering Nigeria, Chad, and the Central African Republic (CAR); travel to these areas should only be considered with appropriate security protocols in place.
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