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3 Killed, Many Abducted As Boko Haram Attacks Increase In Cameroon

In spite of continuous government declarations that the national army has succeeded in neutralising the Boko Haram terrorist group in the three northern regions of Cameroon, attacks by the group are rather on the increase during the last several months.

Hardly a week passes without reports of suicide bombings, abductions, destruction of houses, properties and farms or attacks on army positions,  especially in the Far North Region.

The latest activities of the terrorist group were reported from the night of Thursday, October 15, to  Friday, October, 16, 2020 when Boko Haram fighters attacked the locality of Oudal, in Mayo-Moskota division, killed three civilians and kidnapped five other persons.

During the same night, operatives of the group attacked an outpost manned by the village vigilante group in Yagoua, Mayo-Danay division.

Thanks to the prompt intervention of the Rapid Intervention Battalion of the army, popularly known by its French acronym, BIR, there were no casualties among members of the vigilante group as the Boko Haram attackers escaped before causing any damage in human lives.

According to the non-governmental organization (ONG), Sembe, which monitors Boko Haram activities in the region, the terrorists on October 15, 2020 also carried out attacks along the Kolofata-Amchide road around 17 hours of that day, killed a  30-year-old man and  away his motorbike.

These renewed attacks have been sending shivers through the spines of military authorities and according to a report by the United Nations Organisation Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs in Cameroon, published on October 8, 2020, more than 22 attacks by armed groups against civilians were recorded  in the month of June 2020 alone.

The most hard-hit divisions were Mayo-Sanaga and Mayo-Moskota.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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