An IED attack on a vehicle of the Motorized Infantry Brigade (Bim) was reported in the Mayo Tsanaga department, Far North region, last April 24. According to local media, the tragedy occurred on the Bovongola-Zeleved road with a toll of six soldiers killed and two others injured.
The army has not yet communicated on this attack, which has also not been claimed. However, observers believe it is the action of Boko Haram members who are involved in many IED attacks in the region.
It should be noted that this is the second such attack recorded this year in the region. On March 21, a vehicle of the Rapid Intervention Battalion was the target of an IED attack on the road to Kolofata, in the Mayo-Sava department.
Since 2014, Boko Haram attacks have been relentless in the Far North region. In a recent report, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the attackers "continue to negatively impact the daily lives of people in the departments of Mayo-Sava, Mayo-Tsanaga, and Logone-et-Chari.
These departments all border Nigeria, where Boko Haram fighters originate. In February, Ocha reported 83 incidents related to the activities of armed groups. This represents a sharp increase from the 53 cumulative incidents between December 2022 and January 2023.