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11 Jun 2019 | 10:33 AM UTC

Cameroon: Boko Haram kills six Cameroonian soldiers in Far North region June 10

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Boko Haram militants kill six Cameroonian soldiers in Darak (Far North region) June 10; similar Boko Haram attacks possible in northern Cameroon over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/11/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/11/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Far North

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Event

Boko Haram militants attacked a Cameroonian army position in Darak (Far North region) around 04:00 (local time) on Monday, June 10, killing six Cameroonian soldiers. Unconfirmed reports claim the militants arrived through land and maritime accesses to the site before being repelled by the soldiers.

Similar Boko Haram attacks targeting Cameroonian military forces are possible in the area over 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 the 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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