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13 Sep 2020 | 04:59 PM UTC

Cameroon: Suicide attack kill six civilians in Far North region on September 11

Cameroon News Alert

Suicide attack in Far North region kills at least six civilians on September 11; further attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/17/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Far North, Zeleved

Event

At least six people are reported to have been killed and ten others wounded in a suicide attack in the Far North region on Friday, September 11. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in the village of Zeleved near the Nigerian border. The village chief and his wife were reportedly among those killed in the attack.

A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of the attack over the near term and further attacks by militants are possible.

Context

Although regional counterinsurgency efforts since 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 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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