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30 Sep 2020 | 11:39 AM UTC

Cameroon: Militants attack security outpost in Zeleved (Far North Region) September 28-29

Cameroon News Alert

Militants kill two soldiers in attack on security outpost in Zeleved (Mayo-Tsanaga division, Far North Region) on September 28-29; further militant attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/30/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Far North, Mayo-Tsanaga department, Zeleved

Event

Suspected Boko Haram militants killed two soldiers and injured another in an attack on a security outpost in Zeleved (Mayo-Tsanaga division, Far North Region) on Monday evening, September 28, through to Tuesday, September 29. Reports indicate that the perpetrators of the attack also stole munitions from the outpost. Responsibility for the attack was not immediately claimed.

A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of the incident 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, various groups have expressed concerns about the resurgence of terrorist attacks targeting security forces and displaced communities in Cameroon's Far North. Boko Haram's stronghold remains in northeastern Nigeria and the majority of its activities are concentrated in this area. However, the militant group has maintained a presence in the Far North dating back to 2011 and the region regularly experiences attacks, particularly in areas along the Nigerian border.

Advice

Those in the Far North Region are advised to limit time in areas deemed particularly likely to be targeted in terrorist attacks (e.g. crowded markets, etc.) and report any suspicious items or activity to security forces.

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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