On Monday, November 16, local officials announced they would be stepping up security precautions in the capital Yaoundé, following recent blasts in the city. On November 10 a regional decree was reportedly signed to intensify searches and prohibition of access to supermarkets, restaurants, drinking establishments, and other hotel establishments for any persons carrying suspicious bags or packages. Additional security personnel will be deployed to the capital and will be systematically questioning persons and checking bags to locate any explosive devices being carried. Reports suggest that bags will be banned in areas including drinking spots and all individuals will be required to carry ID cards.
Localized disruptions and checkpoints are possible in the area in the near term.
Several small IED explosions have been reported in Yaoundé over the past few months. These explosions caused little damage and only minor injuries, but the incidents have raised concerns over the potential terrorism threat in Yaoundé. Although no group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings, there has been speculation that they could be linked to the ongoing insurgency in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest regions.
Those in Yaoundé are advised to monitor developments, anticipate an increased security presence in the city, and immediately report any suspicious items or activity to security forces.