Suspected Boko Haram militants reportedly abducted at least 17 civilians during an attack in Mbreché (Far North region) in the night of Wednesday, December 3. Security forces have begun search operations to locate the captives. Details are still emerging.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.
A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected in the region in the coming days as police conduct the investigation. Similar attacks are possible over the near term.
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.
Individuals in the Far North are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for criminal activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.