Late on Tuesday, August 25, gunmen belonging to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militant group reportedly landed on Bulgaram Island, on Lake Chad (Far North region), and attacked villagers, killing at least 14 people. The attack reportedly came in response to villagers deciding to block food supplies to the militants, who are based on the Nigerian side of the lake.
A heightened security presence in the area is likely in the near term. Further attacks along the Nigerian-Cameroonian border cannot be ruled out.
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 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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