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04 Feb 2020 | 07:10 PM UTC

Cameroon: Boko Haram fighters attack village in Far North region February 4

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill two people and burn buildings after attacking Mozogo (Far North region) on February 4; further attacks possible

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Event

A group of suspected Boko Haram militants assaulted the village of Mozogo (Far North region) during the early morning hours (local time) of Tuesday, February 4. According to police sources, the incident occurred around 02:00 and left at least two people dead. Around 20 homes were also set on fire and five motorcycles were stolen.

A heightened security presence is expected in the area over the near term. Similar Boko Haram attacks are also possible in the area.

Context

Although regional counterinsurgency efforts begun in 2015 and led by West African states Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger have diminished Boko Haram's effective territorial control, Amnesty International recently showed 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. However, the Far North region of Cameroon, especially areas along the Nigerian border, also regularly experiences attacks; the group's presence in 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.