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16 sept. 2019 | 09h02 UTC

Cameroon: At least five soldiers killed in Soueram (Far North region) September 15

Cameroon Alerte de sécurité

Boko Haram militants kill at least five Cameroonian soldiers in Soueram (Far North region) September 15; similar Boko Haram attacks possible in northern Cameroon over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 16/9/2019, 12h00 until 18/9/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Far North

Event

Boko Haram militants attacked a Cameroonian army position in Soueram (Far North region) overnight September 14-15, killing at least five Cameroonian soldiers and injuring nine others.

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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