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Four Soldiers Die in IED Explosion in the Far North Region

Four Soldiers Die in IED Explosion in the Far North Region

Paru le mercredi, 28 février 2024 10:56

At least four soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) were killed in a vehicle explosion on February 26, on the Tourou - Gossi road, in the Mayo Tsanaga department of Cameroon’s Far North region. According to local sources, a patrol vehicle from this elite army unit triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), a homemade anti-personnel mine typically used by Boko Haram insurgents.

The regional newspaper, L’œil du Sahel, confirmed the attack and reported the ranks of the soldiers killed: a soldier, a corporal, and two privates. Another soldier was also injured in the incident.

Despite a decline in incursions in recent years, attacks in this region have persisted. According to experts, not all attacks can be attributed to Boko Haram insurgents from Nigeria; some also involve organized crime groups.

In a report published in early January 2024, the UN noted that the security situation in November 2023 was unstable due to an increase in attacks by non-state armed groups. This escalation was likely linked to the return of the dry season, which facilitates their mobility in the area. Several IED attacks were reported, with the Logone et Chari department being the hardest hit. Security operations have been carried out and are ongoing in border areas with Nigeria and Chad.

L.A. 

Dernière modification le mercredi, 28 février 2024 10:59

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