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15 Dec 2018 | 05:47 PM UTC

Cameroon: Two suicide attacks in Far North region December 14

Cameroon News Alert

Two suicide attacks in Kolofata (Far North region) on December 14; at least two dead and two injured

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/18/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Kolofata

Event

Two female suicide-bombers detonated explosive devices in Kolofata (Far North region) on the evening (local time) of Friday, December 14. At least two people were wounded in the attack, while the two suicide-bombers were reportedly killed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although Boko Haram is suspected. Further such attacks are possible in the area in the near-term. 

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; 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 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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