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07 Apr 2020 | 05:08 PM UTC

Cameroon: Suspected Boko Haram attack kills two soldiers in Zigague (Far North region) April 5 /update 3

Cameroon News Alert

Two soldiers killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in Zigague (Far North region) on April 5; similar incidents possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Zigague, Far North

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Event

At least two soldiers were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in Zigague (Far North region) on Sunday, April 5. According to security sources, the militants ambushed the soldiers along the National Road 1.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming days as security forces investigate the incident. Similar Boko Haram attacks are possible in Far North region over the near term.

Context

Although regional counterinsurgency efforts begun in 2015 have diminished Boko Haram's effective territorial control, Amnesty International has expressed concerns about the resurgence of terrorist attacks in the area. Boko Haram's stronghold remains in northeastern Nigeria and the majority of its activities are concentrated in this area. The militant group has maintained a presence in the Far North region dating back to 2011; as such, the region regularly experiences attacks, particularly in areas along the Nigerian border.

Advice

Individuals present in Cameroon are advised to limit time in areas deemed particularly likely to be targeted in a terrorist attack (e.g. 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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