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Country profile for Cameroon

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  • Capital: Yaounde
  • Major Languages: French, English
  • Currency: Central African CFA Franc
  • Timezone: GMT +1:00

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President Paul Biya has been in office since 1982 and is Africa's oldest ruler after Robert Mugabe was forced from office in Zimbabwe in 2017. Presidential elections were held in October 2018 and Biya won a seventh term, despite concerns over his health and allegations that he spends large amounts of time outside the country, including prolonged stays at a five-star hotel in Switzerland. During his re-election campaign, Biya also claimed to have ended the conflict with Boko Haram militants in the north of the country, which has been ongoing since 2015. Although the frequency of attacks has decreased, suicide bomb attacks and cross-border raids continue to be reported close to the border with Nigeria, including the Far North and areas near Lake Chad. In July 2018 a video was released which appeared to show members of the Cameroonian army executing two women and two young children. The government initially denied that the footage was filmed in Cameroon, before investigations proved that the executions took place in the village of Krawa Mafa, near the border Nigeria, in early 2015.

The more significant challenge facing the government is the ongoing unrest in the English-speaking regions in the south-west of the country. Groups in the North-West and South-West regions have long accused the government of marginalising the Anglophone areas in favour of the country's eight other French-speaking (Francophone) regions.  The issue dates back to the country's independence when French Cameroun united with Southern Cameroons, which had been a British colony. In 2018 there has been a significant increase in violence, with armed separatists targeting Cameroonian officials and members of the security forces. The military has retaliated and clashes between the two forces have been reported across the North-West and South-West regions. Hundreds of people have been killed, many of which were civilians, while tens of thousands have been displaced by the fighting. There has also been an increase in the number of kidnappings reported across the region, with the Ambazonia Liberation Forces responsible for a number of abductions. While officials linked to the federal government are often targeted, attacks against civilians and foreign nationals have also been reported. In March 2018 a group of Tunisian engineers were kidnapped in the South-West region. Three of the hostages were later rescued but one of their colleagues was killed.

A long-standing territorial dispute with Nigeria over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula was settled in 2008 and in 2013 Cameroon formally took control of the region. A small militant group, the Africa Marine Commando (AMC), formed in 2010 and were responsible for several kidnappings and piracy attacks around Bakassi. The AMC was a splinter group from the Bakassi Freedom Fighters, and although their operational capability has been reduced by the country's military, there remains an elevated risk of kidnapping and unrest in the region. Piracy attacks remain a threat across the wider Gulf of Guinea, with the majority of incidents reported off Nigeria.

Crime, both petty and violent, is a serious problem throughout Cameroon. Travel in rural areas should be undertaken with caution due to the threat of armed banditry and car-jacking. Areas in the east of Cameroon, close to the Central African Republic (CAR) border are often targeted by armed gangs and highway bandits, who rob travellers and occasionally take them hostage, before demanding payment for their release. It is recommended that visitors travel in convoys and employ local guides and drivers wherever possible. In early 2013 a number of foreign nationals were victims of armed robberies in restaurants and hotels in Limbe and Kribi. In the capital, Youande, the suburbs of la Briquetterie, Mokolo and Mvog-Ada are regarded as high crime areas.

Alerts for Cameroon

Army kills 24 separatists in North-West region

The Cameroonian army has killed at least 24 separatists during operations in the English-speaking North-West region. General Valere Nka said two operations were conducted, resulting in the death of 13 "terrorists" in Bali, Batibo and Widikum. A second operation was conducted in the town of Mbokam, where 11 separatists were killed.

Three Cameroonian soldiers charged with murder

Three Cameroonian soldiers have been charged with murder over killings in the English-speaking North-West region. Officials had initially denied that the army had any involvement in the killing of 13 civilians, including 10 children, in Ntumbo in April. The presidency subsequently said three soldiers and members of a vigilante group were responsible for the deaths but claimed that the troops tried to cover them up. "The three Cameroonian soldiers have been placed in provisional detention in Yaounde military prison," said Colonel Cyrille Atonfack Guemo.

DW journalist badly beaten by soldiers near Bamenda

A Cameroonian journalist working for the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has been badly beaten by soldiers in the English-speaking North-West region. Jean-Marie Ngong Song "is in serious pain with hearing difficulties" following the attack, which occurred in the town of Bambili on Sunday evening, according to the Cameroon Journalists' Trade Union. Song said his identification documents were seized by troops, who refused to state what crime he had committed.

Mayor killed in South-West region

A mayor has been killed by separatist gunmen in the English-speaking South-West region. Ashu Prisley Ojong, the mayor of Mamfe, was killed when his convoy came under fire. Two government soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

One killed during army raid in North-West

At least one person has been killed in a military raid in the North-West region of Cameroon. Troops stormed the Bafut locality on Sunday to arrest a suspect accused of working with separatist rebels. Several others were arrested during the operation, while local residents fled the scene after troops opened fire.

Dozens arrested for breaking Covid-19 rules

At least 50 people, including six police officers, have been arrested for breaking rules implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). “If we must fight and win coronavirus, citizens have to be compelled to respect the guidelines put in place by the government. Some people are just too stubborn and that will not be tolerated,” said Issa Daouda, sub-prefect of Douala 4 Municipality. Officials said the people arrested were not wearing face masks in public and drinking in bars during curfews. There have been 996 confirmed cases and 22 deaths in Cameroon.

Seven killed in suicide attack, Far North

At least seven people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. Two suspected Boko Haram militants detonated the devices in the village of Amchide, near the border with Nigeria, on Sunday. The militant group, which is based in north-eastern Nigeria, killed at least 275 people in the Far North region in 2019.

Rebels declare ceasefire over coronavirus

A separatist rebel group in Cameroon has declared a two-week ceasefire due to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19). The Southern Cameroons Defence Forces said they will lay down their weapons from Sunday as "a gesture of goodwill." The largest rebel group in the English-speaking regions - Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) - have not indicated if they will also join the ceasefire. There have been 75 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country and one death.

President of parliament tests positive for Covid-19

The president of Cameroon's parliament has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). The Right Honorable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril reportedly ignored government instructions to self-isolate after he flew back to the country from France. The Minister of Health had requested that all passengers on the Air France flight observe 14 days of self-isolation. Officials are trying to trace anyone who Djibril might have been in contact with, including 167 deputies and their relatives.

First case of coronavirus confirmed in Cameroon

The first case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been confirmed in Cameroon. The health ministry said a 58-year-old French national has been quarantined at the Central Hospital in Yaounde. “All measures have been taken by the government to contain potential risks of the virus spreading,” said the ministry in a statement.

Army accused of killing civilians in Anglophone region

The Cameroonian armed forces have been accused of killing at least 21 civilians in the restive Anglophone region. Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused troops and Fulani militias of attacking the village of Ngarbuh on 14 February, during which 13 children and a pregnant woman were killed. The government has denied the allegations and claimed that five people died during clashes between troops and separatist fighters.

Hundreds protest against French president in Yaounde

Hundreds of people have gathered outside the French embassy in Yaounde to protests against President Emmanuel Macron. The unrest was sparked by comments that Macron made about his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya, during which he claimed to have pressured the government to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto. "France has no lessons to give Cameroon and Macron must apologise for insinuating that our president is his stooge," said one of the protesters.

Gunmen kill 22 in raid on village, North-West

At least 22 people, more than half of them children, have been killed in an attack by gunmen on a village in north-west Cameroon. A local opposition party accused the army of carrying out the attack on Ntumbo on Friday. The Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) said: "The dictatorial regime [and] the supreme head of the security and defence forces are chiefly responsible for these crimes." The army has denied any involvement.

Clashes erupt in Anglophone regions as polls close

Clashes and gunfire have been reported in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. The unrest comes as long-delayed parliamentary and local elections were held in the country. Polls closed at 18:00 on Sunday, with early indications suggesting a low turnout after the opposition MRC party refused to put up candidates and called for a boycott.

Thirteen militants killed in North-West region

At least 13 separatist militants have been killed and dozens more wounded in an army operation in the English-speaking North-West region. Troops stormed three separatist camps in the Kikaikom region on Monday. A senior separatist commander, known as 'General Chacha', was confirmed dead following the operation. Two soldiers were also wounded, according to army sources.

School children rescued in Anglophone region

More than 20 school children have been rescued from armed separatists in the English-speaking South-West region of Cameroon. The children had been abducted from a school in the city of Kumbe on Tuesday and taken to a separatist camp in the forest. Two gunmen were shot dead in the rescue operation, while weapons and ammunition was recovered from the scene.

Five officials kidnapped in South-West region

Five officials from the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) have been kidnapped in the English-speaking North-West region of Cameroon. SDF district chairman Peter Tabah was among those seized in the attack in Tubah on Thursday. SDF has demanded their “safe and sound” release with “immediate effect”. Separatist fighters claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, claiming that victims will only be released until after general elections scheduled for February.

Two killed in South-West region

To people have been killed in clashes in the English-speaking South-West region of Cameroon. Two separatist commanders were killed during infighting in the Marumba Botundua area on Monday morning. One of the deceased, who was identified as 'General Divine', had been accused of causing terror for the people who he was supposed to protect from the government.

Thirty killed in blast on bridge near Cameroon border

At least 30 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after an IED exploded in northern Nigeria. Local reports said a boy found a grenade which he mistook for scrap metal. He was playing with the device when it exploded near the market town of Gamboru on Tuesday. The wounded have been transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Eight kidnapped in pirate attack off Cameroon

Eight sailors have been kidnapped from a Greek-flagged vessel off Cameroon. Five Greeks, two Filipinos and a Ukrainian were taken from the Happy Lady while the ship was anchored off Limboh port on Tuesday morning. “We’re doing everything needed for them to be released and returned home,” Greek Shipping Minister Yannis Plakiotakis said in a statement.

Three civilians killed in South-West attack

Three civilians have been shot dead in the English-speaking South-West region of Cameroon. Police said gunmen opened fire on a bus which was being escorted by a military convoy in the Ekona area last Thursday. Five other people were wounded and transported to a hospital in Buea for treatment.

Boko Haram kidnaps 17 people in northern Cameroon

Boko Haram militants have kidnapped 17 people in the Far North region of Cameroon. “Boko Haram attacked around 2300 (22:00 GMT) in Mbreche district, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the Nigeria border. They kidnapped 21 people, but four managed to escape,” a local official said. The victims were aged between 11 to 20 and included boys and girls. The army has launched an operation to track down the kidnappers.

Two shot dead in North-West

Two people have been shot dead in Alatako in the English-speaking North-West region of Cameroon. Local residents said soldiers dragged two siblings out of their home and shot them. Their bodies were transported to a mortuary in Bamenda ahead of burial on Saturday. The army has not commented on the reports.

Shots fired at passenger plane at Bamenda airport

Shots have been fired at a passenger plane as it came in to land at Bamenda airport. No injuries were reported but the fuselage was damaged, according to Camair-Co. In a statement, the company commended the pilot's captain and said the MA60 aircraft has been grounded while the damage is assessed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

E-commerce giant suspends operations in Cameroon

One of the largest online marketplaces in Africa has reportedly shut down operations in Cameroon. Africanews reported that German-based e-commerce giant Jumia Technologies has suddenly suspended operations in the country due to undisclosed reasons. In a statement, the company said: “We came to the conclusion that our transactional portal as it is run today is not suitable to the current context in Cameroon." Cameroon becomes the latest country in which Jumia closed its offices. The company operates across 14 countries and mostly connect African third-party vendors to customers.

Armed separatists killed in Anglophone region

Eight separatist fighters have been killed in clashes in the south-western town of Muyuka. One of the deceased has been identified as a commander, known as Wazuzu, who died during the fighting on Monday. Government troops reportedly ambushed their camp in the English-speaking region. Thousands have been killed in fighting between separatists and the government since 2017.

US removes Cameroon from trade pact

US President Donald Trump said Cameroon has been removed from a trade pact because of "gross" human rights violations. In a statement, Trump said the use of "extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention, and torture" in Cameroon meant that they will be officially excluded from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) from 1 January. Deputy US Trade Representative C J Mahoney urged the government of Cameroon to work with the United States and the international community to strengthen protection of human rights under the law.

Dozens killed by landslide in western Cameroon

At least 42 people have been killed in a landslide in western Cameroon. Rescue operations are underway in the town of Bafoussam after several houses were buried after part of the hillside collapsed. The incident was sparked by days of torrential rain in the region, while regional governor Fonka Awa Augustine said people had built on unsafe ground despite warnings from the government.

Four kidnapped in separatist attack

Four people have been kidnapped and 11 others wounded in an attack in the English-speaking South-West region. Suspected separatists carried out the raids on a state-owned rubber plantation in Tiko on Monday night. "They (armed separatists) arrived when the workers were about to sleep and assembled them in the yard and started flogging one after another with machetes. They chopped off the fingers and hands of some of them. And then abducted four men and left for the bush." said Lygonga Mbonde, an official from the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC).

Opposition leader released from prison

Cameroon's opposition leader Maurice Kamto has been released from prison. He had been held in prison for nine months on charges of insurrection following anti-government protests in January. Kamto stood for election against President Paul Biya last October, winning 14.2 percent of the vote as the candidate of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC). Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Yaounde prison where he was held to celebrate his release.

Government release hundreds of prisoners amid Anglophone crisis dialogue

Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute has announced that the government has ordered the release of hundreds of prisoners detained amid the Anglophone crisis. He said that President Paul Biya has "asked for the release of more than 330 people who have been arrested because of the troubles in the Northwest and Southwest regions". PM Ngute is chairing the dialogue process launched last month to end the current crisis in western Cameroon.

Five troops killed in Boko Haram attacks

Five Cameroonian soldiers have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in the Far North region. Eight others were also wounded in the raid, which took place near Lake Chad in the Soueram region. Earlier two civilians died in a separate attack in the Kerawa area of Far North.

President Biya calls for talks with separatists

President Paul Biya has called for talks with separatists in an attempt to end the conflict in the English-speaking regions. "The dialogue in question will mainly concern the situation in the North-West and South-West regions. Since it will focus on issues of national interest such as national unity, national integration and living together, it is obvious that it will not concern only the population of these two regions," said Biya in a statement. He also reiterated an offer to give pardons to fighters who voluntarily laid down their arms. An estimated 2,000 people have been killed and 500,000 displaced since the conflict erupted in 2017.

Four taxi drivers kidnapped in South-West

Four motorcycle taxi drivers have been kidnapped in the English-speaking South-West region. The group were ambushed in the coastal town of Limbe on Monday by suspected separatists. There are regular shutdowns in the area and the drivers might have been targeted for continuing to work.

Anglophone regions shut down by protesters

The English-speaking regions of Cameroon have been shut down in protest at the jailing of a key separatist leader. Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe was given a life sentence last month, prompting other leaders of the separatist movement to demand that shops, schools and businesses remain closed. Troops have been deployed to the major towns in the North-West and South-West regions, while there have been reports of sporadic shootings.

Several killed in ferry accident off Cameroon

At least three people have been killed and dozens of others have been reported missing after a ferry capsized off Cameroon. Reports indicate that the vessel took off from Nigeria and was heading towards the Tiko wharf in the Southwest region. Officials confirmed that more than 200 people were on board the boat. Dozens were initially reported missing, while more than 100 were rescued. Preliminary reports suggest that the vessel sank due to adverse sea conditions.

Thousands forced to flee after tensions escalate in Anglophone region

Thousands have been forced to flee the conflict-ridden Anglophone region (South-West and North-West) after violent clashes erupted over the weekend. Reports indicate that at least 40 people have been killed in a confrontation between separatists and the military. Local media reported that tens of thousands are currently heading to Bamenda to take buses and other means of transportation out of the region. Violent clashes have broken out in the towns of Ndop, Bafut, Mamfe, Kumba, Bamenda and Kumbo. Some reports also revealed that at least nine people from a church in Kumbo were kidnapped. Tensions escalated in the region after a military court in Yaounde handed life-sentences to 10 separatists, including leader Julius Ayuk Tambe. Locals claimed that separatists have imposed a curfew in the region to challenge the court ruling. Shops, schools and other facilities are reportedly closed.

Gunmen kidnap 12 passengers in Far North

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped 12 people during an attack in the Far North region. The victims were travelling on a highway in Dabanga on Tuesday when they were abducted. The army has been deployed to track down the assailants, who have yet to be identified. Militants linked to the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group often target civilians in the Far North region.

Separatist leader jailed for life

The leader of a separatist movement has been given a life sentence by a military court in Yaounde. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and nine of his followers were detained in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, in January 2018. They have been demanding the creation of an independent state in the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions, which would be called Ambazonia.

Two Catholic priests kidnapped in North-West

Two Catholic priests have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the North-West region of Cameroon. Church officials said the pair were abducted on the Ibal-Jikejem road late on Thursday night. Local police have been deployed to track down the priests and arrest the kidnappers. Separatist fighters have denied any involvement in the attack.

Sailors kidnapped off Cameroon

Fifteen sailors have been kidnapped following an attack on a vessel off the coast of Cameroon. The ship, which has not yet been named, was targeted near the port of Douala on Thursday. "The kidnappers are probably Nigerian pirates," a navy source told the AFP. "Cameroonian forces have launched search operations."

Inmates escape prison in Cameroon

At least 22 prisoners have escaped from a facility in the town of Meiganga. Police said the inmates managed to knock a hole in the prison wall and fled on Thursday afternoon. A manhunt has been launched to track down the prisoners.

Separatist leaders start hunger strike

Dozens of separatist leaders have started an indefinite hunger strike in western Cameroon. The group said they were taking the action over concerns for 200 of the colleagues who they claim went missing after prison riots last week. Their lawyer also claimed the government was conducting profiling in the English-speaking regions as a prelude to genocide.

Government blames opposition for prison riot

The Cameroonian government has blamed supporters of jailed opposition Maurice Kamto for a prison riot in Yaounde. Hundreds of prisoners torched the prison library and damage the infirmary at the Kondengui maximum security over the weekend. Government official Jean Claude Tilla said members of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) were behind the unrest. "We know that they are hiding behind the Anglophone problem to foment such trouble,” said Tilla.

Bus passengers kidnapped in North-West

At least 30 people have been kidnapped by gunmen in the North-West region of Cameroon. The victims were travelling on a bus on the Fundong-Bamenda highway on Friday when they were ambushed. “All passengers were ordered to step down and hand over their identification cards. They were then taken to the bush to an unknown destination," a witness told Xinhua.

Three killed in landslide, western Cameroon

At least three people have been killed in a landslide at a village in western Cameroon. A further 50 residents were displaced by the landslides in Fokoue, which occurred after the region was hit by heavy rain. Forecasters have predicted further rainfall throughout the rest of July.

Separatists killed in Anglophone region

Seven separatists fighters have been killed in clashes with the security forces in the English-speaking North-West region. "We know them well. There were 11 of them generally. We only handled those that were actively involved in the fighting and the others were released," a military source told the media. The fighting took place in the Esu region on Thursday.

Cholera death toll rises to 48

The number of people killed in an outbreak of cholera in the North and Far North regions of Cameroon has risen to 48. The figure has increased from two recorded fatalities in April. The Ministry of Public Health said there have been 775 cases in the outbreak. ”Access to drinking water is very difficult in this semi-arid part of the country and people tend to drink just anything,” said ministry official Arabo Saidou.

Protests against Cameroonian president triggers diplomatic incident in Geneva

A diplomatic incident has emerged after a Swiss journalist was reportedly assaulted by men believed to be part of the security detail of Cameroonian President Paul Biya. An RTS journalist covering protests outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva was reportedly assaulted and had his belongings taken when protests escalated. At least six staff members were arrested. A Swiss foreign ministry spokesman told swissinfo.ch that: "The ambassador of Cameroon was summoned to Bern and informed by the Swiss foreign ministry that such incidents are unacceptable and that freedom of the press is protected and must be respected." President Biya is part of Swiss-mediated talks to solve the long-standing Cameroonian Anglophone crisis.

Bus crash kills 22 in West Region

At least 22 people have been killed after a bus collided with a truck in the West Region of Cameroon. "Nineteen people died at the scene of the accident and the three others died in the hospital where doctors were trying to save their lives," the region's governor, Augustine Awa Fonka told reporters. The accident occurred on the Batie-Baham road on Sunday.

Boko Haram attack kills 37 in Far North

At least 37 people have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. "We now know that 21 soldiers and 16 civilians were killed in the attack. We arrested some 15 Boko Haram militants and neutralized some. We are still searching for some missing civilians and soldiers," a military officer told local media. The assailants targeted the town of Darak, near Lake Chad, on Sunday.

Eight killed in South-West attack

At least eight people have been killed in an attack in the English-speaking South-West region of Cameroon. Local residents said the victims had been shot at close range and their bodies dumped in the bush. Separatists said the deceased were all civilians, although the security forces claimed they were rebel fighters. "The army received intel (intelligence) of the presence of several terrorists (separatists) in the locality and ambushed them on their way to attack a village. They opened fire the moment they discovered our position and we retaliated," said an army officer.

Scores of Kamto supporters arrested across Cameroon

More than 300 supporters of former presidential candidate Maurice Kamto have been arrested across Cameroon. His first vice president Mamadou Mota was among those detained. Kamto was arrested in January and his supporters held rallies across the country to demand his release. The Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) party said more than 350 people were arrested, including 180 at Yaounde and 100 in the western city of Nkongsamba.

History teacher killed in Bamenda

A history teacher has been killed by suspected separatist fighters in Bamenda, North-West region. Wontai Vondou Olivier, who taught at GBHS Nitop, was beheaded during the attack. There were clashes between the security forces and Ambazonian fighters shortly after his body was discovered.

Two soldiers killed in Bamenda attack

Two Cameroonian soldiers have been killed by suspected separatist fighters in the city of Bamenda. The troops were ambushed near Alachu in Mankon on Wednesday. Additional troops were deployed to find the attackers, and local residents claim several houses were torched in the raids.  Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Defence Joseph Beti Assomo said an investigation has been opened and any troops found to have destroyed property will be charged.

Six killed in clashes between two villages, Far North

At least six people have been killed in clashes between two villages in the Far North region of Cameroon. More than 300 people have also been displaced due to the conflict after 100 houses were destroyed in the Mokolo sub-division. The violence was reportedly sparked by a land dispute.

Separatists killed in Dibunda operation

At least 17 suspected separatist fighters have been killed by the Cameroonian navy in the South-West region. Members of the Ambazonia Defense Forces (AFD) were targeted in Dibinda in the Ndian department. The operation was carried out in response to an attack on an outpost near the town of Mudemba which left three soldiers injured.

Senior official kidnapped in North-West

A senior official has been kidnapped by suspected separatist fighters in the town of Kumbo in the North-West region. Shufai Big Ndzendzev, second in command to Fon Semh Mbinglo III, was abducted as he returned from the Shishong Catholic Hospital on Wednesday. He was also kidnapped along with Mbinglo earlier this year before both men were released.

Seven killed in Boko Haram attack

Seven killed in a Boko Haram attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. Gunmen raided a village of Blaram in the Blangoua district in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Last week 11 people were killed in another suspected Boko Haram raid in the Mora district.blango

Court official kidnapped in South-West

The president of the Bangem High Court has been kidnapped in the South-West region of Cameroon. Justice Fritz Mbua was seized at gunpoint near Mile 14 in the city of Buea on Tuesday. There has not been any claim of responsibility for the attack.

Three soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Three Cameroonian soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram attack in the Far North region. Militants targeted a checkpoint near Fotokol in the early hours of Sunday morning. The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) faction claimed responsibility for the attack and said 20 members of the security forces were killed or wounded.

Deputy mayor kidnapped in South-West

The deputy mayor of the Idenau Council has been kidnapped in the South-West region. Panda Emmanuel was abducted from his house in the village of Sanje, with kidnappers also seizing his vehicle. The car was later found near the Mbonge subdivision.

Security forces carry out arrest raids in Mutengene

Cameroon's security forces have arrested dozens of people during raids in Mutengene in the South-West region. Local residents said people without ID cards on them were detained and taken to Buea for interrogation. "We were kept in a hall at the police post and after hours, they asked me to present my ID card and after I did, they told me to leave immediately. I don’t know what they were really looking for,” one of the detainees told local media.

Four crew kidnapped in GoG off Cameroon

Pirates have attached a container ship and kidnapped four crew members in the Gulf of Guinea off Cameroon. The Contship Oak was targeted in the Douala outer anchorage while the vessel was at anchorage on Saturday evening. The vessel then sailed into port at Doula where it remains.

Security forces foil Buea kidnapping

Cameroon's security forces have foiled a kidnapping in the city of Buea in the South-West region. Gunmen attempted to seize a teacher from the Saint Theresa Secondary School on Wednesday morning. Troops on patrol in the area opened fire, leading to a shootout with the kidnappers. Last week a group of students were kidnapped from the city's university.

Kamto supporters detained in Yaounde

Supporters of Maurice Kamto and his Cameroon Renaissance Movement party (MRC) were detained in Yaounde over the weekend. They were detained for illegally carrying out community labour without the correct permission, according to local sources. "The arbitrary arrest and detention of our supporters who were carrying out a cleanup campaign (on Sunday morning) is another provocation by the police towards the opposition,” Mamadou Mota, First Vice President of the MRC said.

Students kidnapped from Buea University

At least 15 students have been kidnapped from Buea University, according to local sources. The group were seized from a campus football pitch on Wednesday morning as they prepared for a game. The identity of the kidnappers has not yet been established. In November two university staff members were abducted by gunmen and a lecturer at the University of Bamenda was shot dead.

Football coach kidnapped in Bamenda

A football coach has been kidnapped in the city of Bamenda in the restive North-West region. Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso, manager of the Yong Sports Academy, was seized by unknown gunmen on Tuesday. Local media report that a 10m CFA ransom has been demanded for his release.

Police officer killed by separatists in Bamenda

A police officer has been killed by suspected separatist fighters in the city of Bamenda in the North-West region. Tidike Joel was burnt alive in the Alabukam district over the weekend, according to security sources. Troops carried out multiple raids in the area following the attack as they hunted for the assailants.

Man beheaded by separatists in Kumba

A man has been beheaded by suspected separatist fighters in the city of Kumba in the South-West region. The victim was accused of being an informant for Cameroon's security forces, and his body was found with a note threatening others from working with state forces. Elsewhere a convoy carrying South-West Governor, Okalia Bilai, was attacked by gunmen between Kumba and Buea on Tuesday. Four people were wounded in the ambush, including a journalist.

Opposition lawyer charged with rebellion

An opposition lawyer has been charged with rebellion in Cameroon. Michele Ndoki, a lawyer for Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) leader Maurice Kamto, was placed in custody on Thursday. Earlier this week the government rejected criticism from the US over the detention of Kamto, who claimed he won the presidential elections in October.

Kidnapped students released in North-West

A group of 176 students and staff kidnapped in the North-West region have been released. They were abducted by unknown gunmen from Saint Augustin's College in Kumbo on Saturday. The Bishop of Kumbo, Georges Nkuo, said church officials negotiated the release in return for guarantees that the college will be closed.

Boko Haram fighters surrender in Far North

Almost 200 former Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to the security forces in Cameroon's Far North. The militants crossed into the country from neighbouring Nigeria, provincial governor Midjiyawa Bakari said. They were handed over to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MMF) in bases in the towns of Kolofata and Meme.

Gunmen attack governor's convoy, South-West

Gunmen have attacked a convoy carrying the governor of the South-West region. At least 11 people were wounded in the ambush, which took place on the Buea-Kumba road on Tuesday. South West governor Bernard Okalia Bilai was not among the wounded. The incident occurred a day after four people died when unknown assailants torched a hospital in Kumba.

Hospital torched in South-West region

A hospital has been torched in the restive South-West region of Cameroon. At least four people were killed in the blaze in the town of Kumba, while several nurses and a security guard were reportedly abducted. Local activists claim government soldiers have been targeting hospitals in the belief that they are treating separatist fighters.

Five killed in Boko Haram attack, Far North

Five people have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. General Bouba Dobekreo, the spokesman for the Multinational Joint Task Force, said the attack occurred in the village of Madjirde in Mayo-Sava department. Five others are missing following the raid, which took place on Saturday.

Oil tanker released off Limbe

A Singapore-flagged oil tanker with 26 crew members has been released. The Barents Sea was seized last week by a private militia after it departed the port of Limbe. Eastern Pacific Shipping alleged that charterer DSC Marine, had "used illegitimate means to seize the vessel for the purpose of holding its owners to ransom in clear violation of Cameroonian and international law".

Ten killed in South-West clashes

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes between separatists and the security forces in the South-West region. “We have been hearing gunfire since early this morning in the districts of Molyko, Malingo and Bonduma,” a resident told the AFP news agency. “Separatist fighters entered several areas of the city and started firing. The army and police have retaliated, several vehicles have been burned (and) people are hunkered down at home.” Residents have also been fleeing from areas of Kumba due to increasing tensions between troops and separatists.

Opposition leader charged with insurrection

Cameroon's opposition leader has been charged with insurrection. Maurice Kamto's lawyer, Christopher Ndong, said his client denied the charges against him. "The government clampdown will not frighten anybody," Ndong said in a statement. Kamto, who leads the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), organised protests over the weekend to complain about the presidential elections, which were won by incumbent Paul Biya.

Opposition leader arrested in Douala

Cameroon's opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, has been arrested in the economic capital Douala. "Mr Kamto was arrested at the home of (supporter) Albert Dzongang," said Emmanuel Simh, vice-president of the opposition Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC). Kamto claimed victory in the presidential elections last year and denounced the official victory of incumbent Paul Biya, who has been in power for 36 years.

Four killed in attack on church in Far North

At least four people have been killed in an attack on a church in the Far North region of Cameroon. The incident took place in Meri in the Diamare department on Wednesday evening. "Four armed assailants stormed the parish of Manguirida. During their attack, they attempted to steal vehicles belonging to the parish," a witness told local media. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although suspicion will on the Boko Haram militant group based in neighbouring Nigeria.

Twenty killed in road crash in northern Cameroon

At least 20 people have been killed in a crash on the Ngaoundere-Touboro highway in northern Cameroon. Several others were wounded in the incident and have been transported to Ngaoundere Regional Hospital for treatment. The cause of the crash has not yet been established.

Dozens kidnapped on Buea-Kumba highway

At least 36 people have been kidnapped on the Buea-Kumba highway in the South-West region of Cameroon. The victims were seized around Ediki on Tuesday, according to local sources. Security forces have been deployed to the area to track down the assailants.

Three soldiers wounded in attack on Kumba school

Three soldiers have been wounded in an attack by gunmen on a school in Kumba in the South-West region of Cameroon. The army accused separatist rebels of carrying out the attack on Thursday. “A group of armed secessionists were breaking the Multimedia Center of Bilingual High School Kumba District 2, a joint intervention team of Police and Gendarmerie came down on the site. As a result of the exchange of gunfire three gendarmes were wounded and transported to the district hospital of Kumba. On the enemy side, several were neutralized and wounded,” a statement from the army said.

CDC employees attacked in South-West

A group of Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) staff have been attacked in the South-West region of Cameroon. Armed assailants seriously wounded two people during the assault, which occurred in Tiko on Wednesday. The victims were transported to the CDC Hospital in Tiko for treatment.

Seven separatists killed by troops in Bamenda

Seven separatists have been killed by Cameroonian soldiers in the north-western city of Bamenda. Four soldiers were also wounded in the clashes, which erupted on Monday night. Deben Tchoffo, the governor for north-west Cameroon, has called on separatists to disarm: "We will take care of them and reintegrate them socially and economically."

Senior police officer killed in North-West

A police officer has been killed by suspected separatists in the town of Ndop in North-West province. Acting Police Commissioner Kanwing André was shot dead in a public square on Sunday afternoon. The incident follows clashes between separatists and soldiers in the regional capital Bamenda over the weekend.

Two suicide bombers detonate vests in Far North

Two female suicide bombers have detonated their devices near the Nigerian border in the Far North region. Local governor Midjiyawa Bakari said a woman and a 12-year-old girl were wounded in the blasts, which occurred in the town of Kolofata. Security has been increased in preparation for further attacks over the holidays.

Lawyer kidnapped in Bamenda

A lawmaker has been kidnapped in the city of Bamenda in the English-speaking North West region. Suh Fuh Ben was seized on Monday after he attended a meeting at the General Assembly of the Bar Association. Separatists militants are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Suicide bombers wounds 29 in Far North

At least 29 people have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. A female assailant detonated her device in Amchide on Wednesday morning. Boko Haram and the splinter group, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have both orchestrated attacks in the Far North.

Dozens killed in Anglophone clashes

At least 60 people have been killed in the latest clashes between the security forces and separatists in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. The majority of the fatalities have been recorded in the Babungo, Bali and Batibo areas of the North-West region. More than 500,000 people have been displaced in the region since fighting erupted last year.

Soldier killed in Menji ambush

An army corporal has been killed and 14 other soldiers wounded in an ambush in Menji in the English-speaking South-West region. The troops were travelling in a military vehicle on the Menji Road when they came under fire. The wounded were transported to a hospital in Douala for treatment.

Kenyan priest killed in Cameroon clashes

A Kenyan priest has been killed during clashes between the Cameroonian security forces and separatists in the English-speaking South-West region. "Some villagers say he was shot by the gendarmes. Others say he was shot by separatists. We are still investigating," said Eyumojock's Divisional Officer, Moloka Egbe. A soldier was also shot and wounded in the attack, which comes just over a week since a US missionary was killed in the region.

Students seized from school in Kumba

Twenty students and a headteacher have been kidnapped by gunmen from a school in the English-speaking South-West region of Cameroon. The raid on the Lords Bilingual School in Kumba comes just weeks after 80 students and staff were abducted from a school in Bamenda in the neighbouring North-West province. The student and staff from the Bamenda attack were released after a few days in captivity.

Professor kidnapped in Buea

A university professor has been kidnapped along with a staff member in the town of Buea. Charles Doumta, on the Health Sciences faculty, and researcher George Ongey were abducted on Friday by unknown gunmen. "These acts are meant to intimidate, create fear and panic among staff and students and disrupt the smooth functioning of the academic year," said Vice Chancellor Ngomo Horace Manga from the University of Buea.

Dozens of separatists killed in Anglophone region

At least 30 separatists have been killed in clashes with the army in the English-speaking North-West region of Cameroon. Colonel Didier Badjeck said several people held by the separatist were freed following the operation in the Mayo Binka area near Nkambe. The army also said they did not suffer any casualties during the exchange.

Kidnapped students freed in North-West

The 79 students kidnapped from a school in Bamenda in the North-West region on Sunday have been freed. The school's principal and another teacher are still being held. Cameroon's government and separatist rebels have both accused each other of carrying out the attack. The Ambazonia International Policy Commission (AIPC) said a video released by the kidnappers showed one of the assailants speaking French in an area where English is the main language.

Scores kidnapped from school in Bamenda

More than 80 people have been kidnapped from a school in Bamenda in the North-West region. Government and military sources confirmed the attack, during which the school principal and dozens of children were abducted and taken to the bush. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

CDC workers attacked in Tiko

At least 15 workers from the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) have been wounded in an attack in Tiko, South-West region. Unknown assailants targeted the staff with machetes on Wednesday morning, leaving the victims with severe injuries. Anglophone separatists are suspected of carrying out the attack.

US missionary killed in Anglophone region

An American missionary has been killed in the English-speaking North-West region of Cameroon. The victim was travelling in a vehicle in the Bambui suburb of Bamenda on Tuesday when gunmen opened fire. Local sources said separatist fighters were clashing with the security forces in the area when the incident occurred and it is not clear which side fired on the vehicle. The missionary has been identified as Charles Wesco, who recently moved to Bamenda with his family. The US State Department said it was providing consular assistance.

Head of Constitutional Council given mansion

The president of Cameroon's Constitutional Council is set to have a mansion built for him, days after he announced the re-election of President Paul Biya. The government has invited bids for a $375k house for Judge Clement Atangana in the capital Yaounde. Last week the council rejected 18 petitions against the elections, while an opposition lawyer accused Atangana of being biased towards the president as his wife is an MP for the ruling party.

President Biya wins seventh term

President Paul Biya has been re-elected for a seventh term after the official results were released on Monday. Biya, 85, won 71.3 percent of the vote, with Maurice Kamto from the MRC/CRM second on 14.2 percent. Opposition parties had called for a re-run of the vote but the Constitutional Council rejected the demands last week. Voter turnout in the restive English-speaking regions was as low as five percent after separatists called for a boycott.

Opposition claims election win despite government threats

Cameroon's opposition candidate Maurice Kamto has claimed victory in the country's presidential elections. Kamto from the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) made the announcement in a speech in Yaounde. "I have received a clear mandate from the people and I intend to defend it until the end," he said. The incumbent government, led by Paul Biya, said Kamto broke the law by making the announcement."It is not right at all to announce this. He hasn't won anything at all. It's totally illegal," said Gregoire Owona from the People's Democratic Movement.

Vote count underway in Cameroon

Votes are being counted in Cameroon following the presidential elections on Sunday. Incumbent Paul Biya, the oldest head of state in Africa, is widely expected to win when results are published within the next two weeks. Unrest was reported in the English-speaking regions of the country after separatists vowed to disrupt the vote. The security forces shot dead two armed men in Bamenda in the North-West region on Sunday evening, while clashes were also reported in several towns on Saturday.

Ruling party officials abducted in Anglophone region

Eight officials from the ruling Cameroon People Democratic Movement (CPDM) party have been abducted while campaigning in the restive English-speaking region of the country. Other officials were attacked after the CPDM ignored threats from separatist fighters. At a rally in Bamenda, CPDM Secretary General Jean Nkwete, criticised the opposition for not campaigning. "Where are those political parties today? They have abandoned you and fled the region. They are seen only on television," Nkwete said. Presidential elections are set to be held on Sunday; however, rebels have vowed to prevent voting in the South-West and North-West regions.

Seven killed in Kolofata attack

At least seven people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kolofata in the Far North region of Cameroon. Local sources said two female assailants detonated explosive devices in a public area, killing themselves and five civilians. Boko Haram often use young girls and women to carry out suicide attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria, where the group is based.

Six separatists killed in Ndop raid

Six separatists have been killed by the Cameroonian army in Ndop in the English-speaking North-West region. Troops carried out a raid on a militant hideout, leading to a shootout. Weapons and ammunition were also seized during the operation.

Curfew imposed in English-speaking regions

A 48-hour curfew has been imposed in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. The emergency measures were taken ahead of the first anniversary of the symbolic declaration of independence by Anglophone separatists in the North-West and South-West provinces. Gatherings of more than four people are banned and several shops have been closed. The curfew comes ahead of the presidential elections in Cameroon next weekend, which separatists have vowed to disrupt.

President Biya launches campaign ahead of elections

Cameroon's President Paul Biya has launched his campaign at a rally in the Far North region of the country. In a speech in Maroua, Biya claimed to have pushed the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram from Cameroon's borders and said he needed to be re-elected to rebuild the affected areas. More than 30,000 people were transported by the People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) to join the rally. Elections are due to take place on 7 October.

Seven killed by troops in Buea

Seven people have been killed by soldiers in the town of Buea in the English-speaking South-West region. Local residents said troops shot dead six men in the Babuti neighbourhood of the city, while a seventh man was killed by a stray bullet. The military have not commented on the reports.

Separatists stage prison break in North-West

Separatists have staged a prison break in the English-speaking North-West region. Around 70 prisoners managed to escape the facility in the town of Wum following an attack by gunmen. There have been two similar prison breaks in the region in recent months amid escalating violence.

Troops kill 30 armed separatists in North-West

At least 30 armed separatists have been killed by the Cameroonian army in the English-speaking North-West region. Troops raided a rebel base in the Njikwa area, the army said in a statement. "Njikwa's terrorist base was destroyed early in the morning by the Paratroopers Commandos of the Airborne Battalion. More than 30 separatist terrorists were 'neutralized' and several weapons seized," the statement said.

Gunmen attack school in South-West

Gunmen have attacked a school in the English-speaking South-West region. At least 20 people were wounded in the raid on Saint Joseph's College near Buea, including a number of children. "It is a terrible situation. We are not safe at home, our children not safe at school," said local parent Enanga Luisy. Several other schools in the region have closed following the attack.

Six separatists killed in Bamenda

At least six armed separatist fighters have been killed in clashes with the Cameroonian army in Bamenda in the English-speaking North-West region. According to reports, gunmen attacked a gendarme brigade in Nkwen, sparking a gunbattle. The assailant's vehicle and weapons were seized following the exchange.

Troops clash with separatists in Buea

Cameroonian troops have clashed with separatists in Buea, the capital of the Anglophone South-West region. A police officer was among four people killed in the fighting on Tuesday. Heavy gunfire was reported in the Mile 17, Mekong Albert Avenue and Muea areas of the city.

Separatists attack buses in Anglophone region

Armed separatists have attacked buses and passengers near Bamenda in the English-speaking North-West region. The buses were travelling to Yaounde and Douala when they were stopped. Following the incident a group of separatists said no buses would be allowed to travel into or out of the North-West and South-West regions as part of an attempt to disrupt the presidential elections next month. The government said additional troops have been deployed to Bamenda.

Army clashes with separatists in North-West province

The Cameroonian army has been engaged in clashes with separatists in the English-speaking North-West region. A gun battle lasted for six hours in the town of Essu, during which time a local council office was torched. The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, called on the separatists in the region to surrender.

Soldier killed in Anglophone region

A Cameroonian soldier was tortured and killed by separatists in the South-West region, according to security sources. The soldier was killed and buried by gunmen in the town of Ediki, with images of the killing published on social media. Colonel Didier Badjeck, communication officer of the Ministry of Defense, said "Ambazonians" had carried out the attack on 14 August.

Soldiers arrested over execution video

Six soldiers have been arrested in connection with the execution video which was released on social media last month. The government initially questioned the legitimacy of the video and denied that Cameroonian soldiers were involved. The incident, which left two women and a child dead, is believed to have occurred in the Far North region earlier this year.

Local leader shot dead in South-West

A local tribal leader has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the South-West region. Itoh Esoh, leader of the Balondo people, was murdered on Sunday morning outside a church in Ekondi Titi. Local residents fled the scene and additional shooting was reported at the scene.

Five police killed in Cameroon attacks

Five police have been killed in the latest unrest in the Anglophone region of Cameroon. Four new recruits died in an ambush near the village of Esu in the North-West region, while another officer was killed in Mutengene in the South-West region. Separatist militants are suspected of carrying out both attacks.

Gunmen raid prison and release 160 inmates in Ndop, North-West

More than 160 inmates have escaped from a prison in Cameroon's restive North-West region when heavily armed assailants stormed the facility overnight on Sunday. Local media reported that the incident happened in the prison of Ndop. Local officials said that some of the inmates were captured and are set to be transferred to the regional capital, Bamenda. Since 2016, separatist-led unrest has been affecting the country's Anglophone region.

Several killed as rainfall triggers floods in south-western Cameroon

At least five people have reportedly been killed after heavy rainfall triggered widespread flooding in Limbe, south-western Cameroon. Local media reported that severe weather hit the coastal city on Tuesday. Landslides were also reported, leading to the destruction of several residences. Meanwhile, in Douala, scores were left stranded after landslides hit the city, located in the neighbouring region of Littoral. Cameroon is currently experiencing its rainy season - it usually lasts between April and November - which is mainly affecting towns located along its Atlantic coast.

A dozen killed amid current cholera outbreak

At least a dozen people have been killed across Cameroon amid a current cholera outbreak. Health officials revealed that hundreds of cases have been reported across the northern areas of the country. It is believed that most cases are imported from migrants arriving from Nigeria, which reported a surge in cholera cases in the bordering states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. According to the authorities, the disease started to spread three months ago from the town of Mayo Oulo and already reached the capital Yaounde and Douala. Officials say that the disease is mainly spreading due to the population's poor sanitation standards and lack of access to clean water.

More than 20 presidential candidates registered ahead of October vote

Cameroon's electoral commission has said that more than 20 candidates have registered ahead of the upcoming presidential vote in October. Among them is Akere Muna, a prominent anti-corruption lawyer and vice-president of corruption watchdog Transparency International. Muna initially had support from other parties, but support has been apparently withdrawn amid failed prospects to form a strong coalition against President Paul Biya. Last week, President Biya announced his re-election bid. He rules Cameroon since 1982.

Police officer killed by separatists in North-West

A police officer has been killed by suspected separatists in the restive North-West region of Cameroon. Daouda Charles, a member of a special unit stationed in Wum, was reportedly beheaded following the ambush. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks against the security forces in the restive Anglophone region.

Defence minister ambushed in South-West

Cameroon's defence minister has been targeted in an ambush near the town of Kumba in the South-West region. At least 10 attackers were killed when the military escort protecting Joseph Beti Assomo returned fire. “Hundreds of the attackers escaped to the bushes where they are still being hunted by the military,” said military spokesman Col. Didier Badjeck. Separatists had earlier warned Assomo against travelling to the Anglophone region.

President Biya launches re-election bid

Cameroon's President Paul Biya has announced plans to run for a seventh term in office. Biya, who came to power in 1982, is now 85-years-old and if re-elected could see him rule well into his 90s. "Aware of the challenges we must take up together to ensure a more united, stable & prosperous Cameroon, I am willing to respond positively to your overwhelming calls," said Biya on Friday. The country is currently facing ongoing unrest in the English-speaking regions of the country and sporadic Boko Haram attacks in the north.

Soldier filmed shooting dead women and children

Cameroon's government says it will launch an investigation after a video was released purporting to show Cameroonian soldiers executing women and children. Two women, one with a child on her back, were accused of being members of Boko Haram before they were shot dead. Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the troops were not wearing standard army uniforms. The video ... is nothing but an unfortunate attempt to distort actual facts and intoxicate the public. Its sincerity can be easily questioned," said Bakary. However, Amnesty International said its experts had gathered "credible" evidence that the footage was genuine and called for a "proper, impartial investigation."

Gunfire erupts in restive Anglophone region

Gunfire has been reported in Buea, the capital of the restive South-Western region. “We have been hearing gunfire since early this morning in the districts of Molyko, Malingo and Bonduma," a local resident told the AFP. Troops have clashed with separatists across the city, with residents seeking cover at home. It is not yet clear what sparked the latest outbreak of fighting.

Dozen killed in Boko Haram attack

At least 12 people have been killed in an attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. Gunmen on motorcycles targeted the village of Dimare in the early hours of last Thursday, although news of the attack only emerged yesterday. Local officials claimed Boko Haram militants from neighbouring Nigeria were responsible for the raid.

Police officer kidnapped in Anglophone region

A police officer has been kidnapped by suspected secessionists in the North-West region. Diguengue Patrice was abducted between Njikom and Belo on Tuesday. His assailants have released photos of Patrice with his legs chained together.

HRW calls for release of kidnapped teacher

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for the safe release of a teacher kidnapped in South-West province over the weekend. Georgiana Enanga Sanga was abducted by suspected separatists along with another teacher as they made their way to the Government High School Bolifamba Mile 16-Buea. The other teacher was later released with machete wounded. “Enanga’s kidnappers should release her immediately, and separatist groups should put a decisive end to all attacks meant to obstruct children’s education,” said Philippe Bolopio, the group's deputy director of global advocacy.

Dozens killed in Anglophone violence

At least 24 people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the Anglophone region of Cameroon. Human rights lawyers said the bodies were discovered in the town of Menka, although the circumstance surrounding their deaths is still not clear. An army spokesman said several separatists were "neutralized" after reports that they had gathered in a hotel in the town; however, local residents said some of the deceased were women and children as young as 13.

Police killed, mayor kidnapped in Anglophone region

Several police officers have been killed and soldiers wounded during attacks in the Anglophone region of Cameroon. In a separate incident, the mayor of Bangem was kidnapped along with his deputy by suspected separatists. The latest violence came as the country was celebrating its National Day, with President Paul Biya leading celebrations in Yaounde.

US ambassador critical of security response in Anglophone regions

The US ambassador to Cameroon has criticised the security services for carrying out "targeted killings" in the Anglophone regions of the country. “On the side of the government, there have been targeted killings, detentions without access to legal support, family, or the Red Cross, and burning and looting of villages,” Peter Barlerin said in a statement, which was released after he met President Paul Biya. Barlerin also condemned the separatist attacks on the security forces in the North-West and South-West regions. "We continue to call on both sides to stop the violence immediately.  I asked the President to use his leadership to encourage both sides to listen to each other," he added.

Two gendarmes killed in North-West

Two gendarmes have been killed by suspected separatists in the North-West region of Cameroon. The bodies of the two troops were found in the Bali Nyongo, days after they were abducted. The incident is the latest in a series of attacks against the security forces in the country's Anglophone regions.

Soldiers killed in clashes across Anglophone regions

Two soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the restive English-speaking region of Southwest. Military sources told RFI that the incident happened near the town of Menji, Lebialem. Clashes were going on in the region for several days, killing at least three other soldiers. RFI also reported that four militants were killed during clashes in the Northwest region. Tensions remain high as the military intensified its presence to tackle separatist militias in Cameroon's English-speaking regions.

Villages torched in Anglophone region

Eight villages in the English-speaking North-West region have been torched during clashes between separatist and the security forces. The military says armed separatist rebels set fire to the villagers; however, local residents said troops were responsible. The incident is the latest outbreak of violence in the Anglophone region since the crisis began in November 2016.

Minister issues ban on the sale of weapons in six regions

Cameroon's Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, has ordered a ban on the sale of arms and ammunition in six regions. Nji said that the measure comes as "the number of firearms in circulation far exceeds the number of authorizations duly granted by the competent authorities”. Among the regions included in the ban are Adamaoua, Central, Litoral, West and both English-speaking regions - North-West and South-West - which are currently facing a deep political crisis fomented by separatist groups.

Ruling party claims landslide victory in senatorial vote

The ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) has achieved an overwhelming victory in the latest senatorial elections held in late-March. According to the country's electoral body, the CPDM won 63 seats out of 70 - the CPDM won in nine out of 10 regions. Seven seats were secured by the main opposition, the Social Democratic Front (SDF), while the remaining parties failed to win any seat. The CPDM victory comes ahead of three important elections that are scheduled to take place over the next few months.

Security forces free hostages in Anglophone region

Cameroon's security forces have freed 18 hostages in the Anglophone region of the country. Seven Swiss nationals and five Italians were among the group who were abducted in the Southwest region on Monday. They were freed by the elite Rapid Intervention Battalion near the Mount Manengouba National Park. Officials said Anglophone separatists were behind the kidnapping.

Two Tunisians abducted in Cameroon

Two Tunisians have been abducted in the Southwest region of Cameroon. The pair were working for a construction company when they were seized by unknown gunmen, according to the Tunisian government. There was no public claim of responsibility for the kidnapping, was occurred amid a wave of abductions in the Anglophone regions of the country.

Official kidnapped in Southwest region

A senior official has been kidnapped in the Anglophone Southwest region during an attack which left four people wounded. Ivo Leke Tambo, director of the English-Language Examination Board, was targeted near Lewo on Saturday. There has been an increase in the number of kidnappings recently, including the abduction last month of an official from the ministry of socail affairs in Batibo. Elsewhere in the region, a convoy carrying Econonmy Minister Paul Tasson was attacked near the village of Alou.

US Embassy warns of crime increase

The US Embassy has warned of an increase in criminal incidents in Yaounde. In a statement, the embassy advised people to take additional precautions in the Bastos circle area of the city.

Cameroonian soldier killed in Batibo

A Cameroonian soldier has been found decapitated in the town of Batibo in the Northwest region. The victim had been missing for several days and an investigation into his killing is now underway. Meanwhile, another soldier died in an attack on a guard post in Mundemba Ndian in the Southwest region on Wednesday night.

Driving banned in Southwest region

Driving at night has been banned in the restive Southwest region of Cameroon. Non-official vehicles are not allowed on the road between 19:00 and 06:00, according to the authorities. The ban will remain in place for 30 days but may be extended.

Special forces to be deployed to English-speaking regions

Special forces are being deployed to both English-speaking regions in western Cameroon as tensions amid the country's Anglophone crisis remains high. Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo told AA that special military officers are being deployed from last week to the South West and North West regions. Assomo said that the move comes due to the number of systematic attacks against security forces since the crisis escalated in 2017. 

Five killed as Boko Haram militants raid villages in Far North region

At least five people have been killed when presumed Boko Haram militants raided villages in northern Cameroon. Africanews reported that militants stormed a number of villages in Bourvare and Goumouldi in a series of attacks along the Nigerian border. The incident happened days after five people were killed in another Boko Haram attack in the restive Far North region.

New military region created amid Anglophone crisis

President Paul Biya has signed a directive ordering the creation of a new military region based in Bamenda, south-western Cameroon. The measure comes amid the ongoing political and security crisis across the western Anglophone region, which seeks independence from the French-speaking region.

Several killed as Boko Haram militants raid village in Far North

At least six people have been killed and several others were injured after Boko Haram militants stormed a village in Far North Region. Local sources revealed that militants raided on Wednesday the Salamassali village, located close to the Nigerian border. This is the first reported Boko Haram attack in Cameroon in February.

Night-time curfew extended in North West

A fresh night-time curfew has been introduced to Cameroon's North West region due to the ongoing wave of violence amid the country's Anglophone crisis. For several months tensions remain high in the English-speaking regions in western Cameroon. North West Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique said that people's movement will be restricted between 20:00 and 06:00. The measure comes as the government ordered regional authorities to beef up security measures after three officers were shot dead in separate incidents in Belo and Bamenda.

Three gendarmes killed in Anglophone region

Three gendarmes have been killed in an attack in the Southwest region of Cameroon. Gunmen targeted the troops in the Kembong area on Sunday. "There were a few scattered and controlled attacks. The perpetrators of the crimes have already been arrested," Colonel Didier Badjeck told the AFP.

Five civilians killed in Northwest

Five civilians have been killed by the Cameroonian security forces in the Anglophone region over the weekend. Two people were shot dead on a road between Bamenda and Bafut last Friday, while another person was killed in the Belo region during a raid at a house. A man was killed by gendarmes in Bamenda on Saturday evening, according to the victim's brother. “My brother died after being shot. There were four of us in the car, I managed to escape and the other two were arrested.”

Gunmen attack border post in south-west

Gunmen from Nigeria have attacked a border post in south-west Cameroon. No casualties were reported in the raid, which occurred on the Ekok border post on Thursday. “They came around 03:00. They came from Nigeria and there were many of them. They had heavy weapons. They had grenades. They were shooting everywhere,” a police source told Reuters.

Attempted boarding in Douala Port

Two robbers attempted to board a berthed utility vessel via the scaffolding installed at the stern. The Duty Watchman noticed the robbers and informed the security guard on board who fired a warning shot, resulting in the robbers aborting the attempted boarding and escaped. Port authority informed. (IMB)

Police officer killed in Southwest region

A police officer has been killed during further unrest in the English-speaking Southwest region of Cameroon. "According to some information, other police were killed but we are still looking into this," an official told the AFP news agency. The incident reportedly occurred in Dian on Sunday, while tensions remain high in the area and in the towns of Buea, Muyuka and Tiko.

Three killed in Boko Haram attack

Three people have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. Gunmen carried out the attack in the Kolofata region late on Wednesday. Local officials said the attack was likely linked to the militant group's efforts to seize food and other supplies from the local population.

Cameroon's separatist leader arrested in Nigeria

A separatist leader from Cameroon has been arrested in Nigeria. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe was detained in Abuja at the end of last week according to the BBC, although the Department for State Service has denied any involvement. The Federal Republic of Ambazonia group said Tabe and nine other officials were abducted from the Nera Hotel. Tabe has been pushing for independence for the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

Border with Cameroon closed for two weeks

Equatorial Guinea's border with Cameroon has been closed for two weeks following the reported attempted coup against President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Local residents have complained that the closure is affecting their day-to-day activities, including trade between the two countries. Security has been increased on both sides of the border since dozens of armed men were arrested and accused of plotting to overthrow Nguema, who has led the country since 1979.

Suicide bomber kills one in Far North

At least one person has been killed and 28 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. A female assailant walked into a cafe in the village of Bia and detonated an explosive vest on Sunday morning. The Boko Haram militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Four troops killed in Anglophone region

Four members of the Cameroonian security forces have been killed in an attack in the Anglophone region. Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the troops were targeted in the town of Kembong in the Southwest region. “The assailants, ensnared by the measures put in place by our defence and security forces, are now reduced to sporadic attacks carried out by hidden faces and using perfidy,” Tchiroma said.

Two killed in suicide bomb attack in Kerawa, Far North

Two civilians were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber stormed a mosque in the restive Far North region. Security sources told AFP that the incident happened after the morning prayers at a mosque in Kerawa. It remains unclear which group is behind the attack, but Boko Haram militants are known to widely operate in the area. In recent years, the Boko Haram group has expanded and launched cross-border attacks in Cameroon, where more than 2,000 people have been killed so far and around 170,000 people have been displaced.

Several wounded in Anglophone clashes

Several people have been wounded in clashes between armed men and the security forces in the South West region of Cameroon. Eight members of the security forces required treatment, while casualties were also reported among the separatists. The unrest occurred in the Kumba and Tombel areas.

Four soldiers killed in Anglophone region

Four Cameroonian soldiers have been killed in the restive Anglophone region. "Four soldiers were killed around 2am around Mamfe," a city in the country's Southwest Region, according to an army source. "They murdered our soldiers. If that's not terrorism, what is it?" The army has not confirmed the circumstance behind the attack.

Four wounded in Bamenda shooting

Four people were shot and wounded during unrest in Bamenda in the North-West region. The violence erupted in the early hours on Sunday morning when two unidentified gunmen opened fire on a police patrol. At least one officer was wounded in the attack.

UN expresses concerns over violence in anglophone region

The UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) has raised concerns over the deteriorating security situation in the restive anglophone region in western Cameroon. In a statement released on Thursday, UNOCA chief Francois Lounceny Fall said that: “We strongly condemn those acts of violence. Their authors should be identified and brought before a court in accordance with the law”. In recent months, clashes between security forces and separatists have significantly intensified. Last week, separatist militants claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed several gendarmes in Bamenda.

Two killed in clashes at Chinese-run mine

Two people have been killed during clashes at a Chinese-run mine in the town of Betare Oya. Residents went to the mine to protest against the lack of employment for locals, leading to scuffles with Chinese workers. A local man was shot dead by a Chinese national, leading to angry residents attacking the gunman and beating him to death. Several other people were wounded during the unrest.

Four bombs explode in Bamenda

Four homemade bombs have exploded in the city of Bamenda in Cameroon's Anglophone region. No injuries were reported in the blasts, which hit between 21:00 on Sunday night and 03:00 on Monday morning. Last week two members of the Cameroonian security forces were killed in the region, which has seen months of protests by separatist groups.

Cameroon issues arrest warrant for separatist leaders

Cameroon has issued arrest warrants for 15 separatist leaders in the restive Anglophone region. The accused are all members of the Southern Cameroon National Council and include Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, the president of the organisation. The decision comes after at least two gendarmes were killed by separatist gunmen in the city of Bamenda.

Two gendarmes killed in Anglopone region

Two gendarmes were killed by secessionist protesters in the Anglophone region of Cameroon on Wednesday, according to officials. The victims were ambushed by armed men on motorbikes in the city of Bamenda. Cho Ayaba, a leading member of the separatist Ambazonian Governing Council, said members of its armed wing carried out the attack, claiming a third gendarme was killed in another incident. Hundreds of people have been arrested in the English-speaking region in recent months, while thousands more fled to neighbouring Nigeria to escape the violence.

Three killed in Mora attack

Three people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the Mora district of Cameroon's Far North. A group of local vigilante members came under fire from gunmen late on Saturday in the village of Mahoula. Elsewhere, two young women with suicide vests were intercepted near Digawa on Sunday. After refusing orders to stop one of the suspects was shot dead.

Suicide bomb kills six in Cameroon

At least six people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon. A young girl detonated her explosive device outside a mosque in the Mayo Tsanaga department late on Tuesday. "Five children were killed and two others wounded," a security source told the AFP, while the bomber also died in the blast.

Boko Haram raid kills 10 in Far North region

At least 10 people have been killed when presumed Boko Haram militants raided villages in the restive Cameroonian Far North region. Officials revealed that the raid happened on Sunday evening in villages surrounding Gouderi. Sources told Reuters that the attack is believed to be in retaliation for previous army operations in the region that killed a number of militants and forced several others to flee cross-border to Nigeria.

Boko Haram militants surrender in Far North

Around 60 suspected Boko Haram militants have surrendered to authorities in the Far North region of Cameroon. The group handed over their weapons in the border town of Mozogo over the weekend. "We are counting on them to also convince others who are hesitating (to surrender) and there are a lot of them they tell us," said the governor of the Far North region, Midjiyawa Bakari.

Seventeen killed during pro-Independence protests

At least 17 people have been killed during pro-Independence protests in the Anglophone region of Cameroon. Security forces fired tear gas and live rounds during rallies across the region, including the main cities of Buea, Kumbo and Bamenda. Five of the deceased were prisoners at a jail in Kumbo and were shot by troops after a fire broke out at the facility. Cameroon's President Paul Biya condemned the protests, saying: "Let me make this very clear: it is not forbidden to voice any concerns in the Republic. However, nothing great can be achieved by using verbal excesses, street violence, and defying authority.” 

Travel restrictions in place in Southwest region

Travel restrictions have been imposed in the English-speaking Southwest region of Cameroon. The authorities announced the closure of sea and land borders, a suspension of transport and travel between towns and a ban on meetings of more than four people. The decision was taken in response to calls for protests by activists demanding more rights for the Anglophone region. The restrictions will be in place from Friday morning until 06:00 on Monday.

Mass anti-government protest in English-speaking region

Large anti-government protests are underway in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. Some of the demonstrators are calling for an independent southern Cameroon state called "Ambazonia", claiming they have been marginalised by the French-speaking Government. On Thursday three police officers were wounded in a bomb attack in the city of Bamenda, prompting the North-West Region governor to impose a 24-hour curfew.

Government accused of using terror laws to silence media

Cameroon has been accused of using anti-terror laws to silence journalists in the country. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued a report on Wednesday which documented multiple arrests and threats against local media workers since the laws were introduced in 2014. “When you equate journalism with terrorism, you create an environment where fewer journalists are willing to report on hard news for fear of reprisal," said CPJ Africa Program Director Angela Quintal. "Cameroon must amend its laws and stop subjecting journalists - who are civilians - to military trial."


Five killed in mosque bombing

At least five people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in northern Cameroon. A young girl strapped with explosives entered the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in remote Kolofata before morning prayers on Wednesday. Boko Haram militants are increasingly using young girls to carry out attacks across northern Nigeria and Cameroon.

Cameroon bans opposition TV channel

Cameroon has banned a popular English-speaking channel, which broadcasts programmes about the country's Anglophone population. The South African-based SCBC has been accused by Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma of promoting propaganda for an outlawed political movement. The move came after Cameroon's President Paul Biya ordered a military court to drop its prosecution of three Anglophone supporters in a bid to ease tensions in the region.

Vigilantes killed in suicide bomb attack

Four members of a vigilante group have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in northern Cameroon. The victims, who were part of Amhida's vigilance committee, died when two devices exploded late on Tuesday. The assailants are suspected to be members of the Boko Haram militant group.

One killed in Cameroon landslide

At least one person has died and 20 others wounded in a landslide in south-western Cameroon. The incident happened in the village of Menji following days of torrential rain. “People settled by the mountainous area were taken by surprise by the landslide caused by torrential rains that fell on the locality,” said police in a report.

Seven killed in Far North suicide attack

At least seven people were killed and four others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region. The blast took place late on Saturday in the town of Ouro-Kessoum, close to the border with Nigeria. The Boko Haram militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Two gendarmes killed in Boko Haram attack

Two Cameroonian gendarmes were killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the Far North region. “Members of Boko Haram launched an attack at a gendarmerie station at dawn in the town of Sagme near Fotokol around the Lake Chad area and the incursion resulted in the death of two gendarmes,” Brig. Gen. said Frederick Ndjokep, commander of a regional force. Several other soldiers were injured during the attack.

Security forces accused of torturing Boko Haram militants

Cameroon's security forces have been accused of torturing suspected Boko Haram militants by Amnesty International.  The organisation said it had documented hundreds of cases between 2013 and 2017, with the alleged victims including women and children.  Water-boarding and beatings were commonly used and dozens of detainees died during the torture. Cameroon's government has not commented on the accusations.

Military vessel sinks off south-west coast

Rescue operations are underway after a military vessel sank off Cameroon's south-west coast. Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said three soldiers had been rescued but 34 others are still missing.  The vessel left the port city of Limbe and was heading to the Bakassi peninsula when it sank.

Suicide bomb attack kills 12 in northern Cameroon

At least 12 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in northern Cameroon.  The incident happened in the town of Waza, close to the border with Nigeria, late on Wednesday evening.  The Boko Haram militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Four killed in twin suicide blast

Four people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon.  The incident occurred in the Homaka area late on Monday evening.  The Boko Haram militant group, based across the border in Nigeria, are suspected of carrying out the attacks.

Six killed in new double suicide attack in Kolofata, Far North

Six civilians have been killed in a double suicide bombing in the restive Far North region. Security sources confirmed on Wednesday that the explosion happened in the city of Kolofata. No further details were released, but it is believed the Nigerian-based group Boko Haram is behind the attack. Cross-border attacks led by Boko Haram militants suffered a significant surge recently. In early June, nine people were killed and scores injured in another twin blast in Kolofata.

Two killed by landmine in Far North

A soldier and a chief warrant officer have been killed by a landmine in Cameroon's Far North.  The pair were travelling in a vehicle between Gouzda Vreket and Zamga when the incident happened.  Boko Haram militants from neighbouring Nigeria are suspected of planting the mine.

Two killed in suicide bombing in Far North

Two people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Cameroon's Far North.  The incident occurred in Limani, close to the border with Nigeria, late on Thursday evening.  Elsewhere, a member of a local vigilante committee was killed and nine others wounded in a friendly fire incident in a village near Kolofata.

Nine killed in twin suicide attack in Kalofata, Far North

At least nine people have been killed and at least 30 others injured in a twin bomb attack in the restive Far North region. The incident happened at a camp in Kalofata in the early hours of Friday morning. Local news reported that the attack was a twin suicide attack carried out by two young girls. Kalofata is located very close to the Nigerian border, where Islamic extremist groups often carry out cross-border attacks.

Boko Haram kidnaps three women in Far North

The Boko Haram militant group have kidnapped three women from the Far North region of Cameroon.  "The abductees were taken to Kerawa in Nigeria by the armed men," said a member of a local vigilante group.  The incident took place in the town of Garaka late on Wednesday.

Authorities stop Amnesty press conference over jailed students

Cameroonian authorities halted a press conference by Amnesty International in Yaounde on Wednesday. "Early this morning, around a dozen security agents, in uniform and plain clothes, entered the hotel and ordered the managers to close the press conference venue," said Amnesty.  The rights group were meeting to demand the release of three students jailed for sharing a joke about the Boko Haram militant group in 2016.  The trio were jailed for 10 years for  “non-denunciation of terrorism acts”, sparking worldwide protests and calls for their release.

Three killed in suicide bombing, Mora

At least three people have been killed in a suicide bombing in Mora, Far North. According to reports, two suicide bombers have targeted the Wallande district, killing themselves and at least one civilian in a yet-unclaimed attack. The Mora area has previously been targeted in violent attacks from the Boko Haram militant group.

Three killed in suicide attack, Far North

One person has been killed and five others have been wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon.  Two suspects detonated their devices in Limani in the Mora district on Friday morning.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, although suspicion will fall on the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

Landmine kills two in northern Cameroon

Two Cameroonian soldiers have been killed and five others wounded in a landmine blast in northern Cameroon.  The troops were travelling in a truck near the town of Homeka, close to the Nigerian border, when the device exploded.  Gen. Bouba Dobekreo blamed the attack on the Boko Haram militant group.

Military court convicts journalist of terrorism charges

A military court in Cameroon has convicted a journalist on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts."  Ahmed Abba, who worked for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service, was detained in July 2015 over his reporting on the Nigeria-based militant group Boko Haram.  His lawyer, Clément Nakong, said Abba faces the death penalty for one of the charges against him. "The military court's conviction of Cameroonian radio journalist Ahmed Abba on terrorism charges that could carry the death penalty is an outrage," Robert Mahoney, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) deputy executive director, said in a press release.

Four killed in suicide blast in Far North

Four people have been killed and four others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon.  "Just before 10:00, a suicide bomber who crossed from Nigeria entered Kolofata and blew himself up," a source from the town's vigilante committee said.  The blast took place a few hours after another attack in the nearby village of Mbreche, during which a woman was killed and three girls wounded.

Cameroon expels hundreds of Nigerians

Cameroon has expelled more than 500 Nigerians who fled across the border to escape Boko Haram militants. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said it was "very concerned" after 517 Nigerians were expelled, including 313 who had requested asylum.  Cameroon currently houses around 60,000 Nigerian refugees at the Minawao camp, while thousands more are at smaller camp in the area. On Wednesday a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber killed one person in the village of Wouro Dole, close to the Nigerian border.

Landmine kills four troops in Far North

Four Cameroonian soldiers have been killed and several others injured in a landmine explosion in the country's Far North region.  The troops were travelling in the Mayo-Tsanaga department when their vehicle hit the device on Thursday night.  Gen. Bouba Dobekreo said the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram were suspected of carrying out the attack.

Two killed and 10 injured in renewed clashes in Ndop

At least two people were killed and 10 others injured in a renewed wave of protests in north-western Cameroon. The violence in the English-speaking area erupted on Friday in Ndop as the authorities opened fire against dozens of protesters, who demanded the release of Anglophone suspects. The demonstration comes days before the trial of Anglophone leader was initiated in a military court in the capital Yaounde on Monday.

Schools remain closed as tensions escalate in Anglophone regions

Schools across the Anglophone regions of Cameroon remain closed as tensions with Francophone-majority government are feared to escalate. Residents told AfricaNews that they are afraid of sending children to school over the recent wave of violence. The Anglophone part of the country claims that central government neglect them and try to forcefully scrap their colonial linguistic heritage at schools and other institutions. The region currently has its internet access completely blocked, hindering even more local businesses and part of the public sector that remains on strike.

A dozen Boko Haram militants killed near Far North region

At least 13 Boko Haram militants have been gunned down in an internationally-led operation in Borno state, northern Nigeria. Cameroon's ministry of communication stated that the successive incursions against Boko Haram militants took place from 27 to 28 January in Zumbula, through efforts of the International Joint-Task Force. A cache of ammunition, weapons and explosives was also seized. Northern Nigeria - especially near the border with Cameroon's Far North region - is haunted by successive Boko Haram attacks.

Four dead in Far North suicide attack

At least four people have been killed and seven others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Cameroon's Far North region.  The incident took place in the border town of Mora on Tuesday morning.  According to police three of the victims were bombers, while a civilian also died in the blast.  Boko Haram are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Internet blocked in Anglophone region

The government has shut down the internet in English-speaking regions of Cameroon following a series of strikes and protest.  Earlier the government outlawed the Southern Cameroons National Council and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, two Anglophone groups, and arrested several of their members.  The internet blackout, which has been in place for just over a week, has affected banks and financial institutions, along with other online businesses.

Suicide bomber targets market in Mora

Two civilians have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a market in the Far North town of Mora.  The suspected Boko Haram militant detonated the device among a group of Christmas shoppers on Sunday.  "He was stopped and in panic he detonated his explosives. If he hadn't been spotted the death toll would have been higher," said an aide to Governor Midjiyawa Bakary.

Police shoot dead protesters in Bamenda

Police in Cameroon have shot dead four anti-government protesters in the north-western city of Bamenda.  A group of protesters set up barricades to prevent a rally by the ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (RDPC) when the clashes erupted on Thursday.  "Four hostile targets were neutralised. It's possible there were more," the police source said.  The region is a traditional opposition stronghold and one of the country's only English-speaking areas.

One killed in protest clashes, Bamenda

At least one person has been reported dead in clashes between protesters and the police in Bamenda. Police fired teargas and live bullets into thousands of teachers protesting for federalism in the believe that francophone regions are being marginalised. Protesters were allegedly blocking roads, burning tires and setting vehicles ablaze, forcing the police to intervene. Those in the area should avoid the crowds and expect severe traffic disruption.

Six soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Far North

Six Cameroonian soldiers have been killed and several others wounded in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the Far North region.  A military source said Boko Haram targeted troops on the island of Darak on Lake Chad at around 22:00 on Monday evening.  Elsewhere a suicide bomber was shot dead while trying to enter the border city of Kolofata on Monday.

Violence leaves 200,000 displaced in Far North

Around 200,000 people are now displaced across Cameroon's Far North region, according to the IGO International Organization for Migration (IOM). The majority have been displaced by the insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group, who have carried out multiple cross-border attacks from their bases in neighbouring Nigeria.

Three killed in Boko Haram attack in Far North

Three people have been killed and a dozen others wounded in a suspected Boko Haram attack in Cameroon's Far North region.  The assailants also set fire to several houses during Sunday's raid on the town of Kangarwa.  The incident came a day after Chad's president, Idriss Deby, travelled to Cameroon to praise the multinational operation against Boko Haram in the region.

Seventy dead in Cameroon train derailment

At least 70 people have been killed and more than 600 others wounded after a train derailed on Friday.  The train was travelling between Douala and Yaoundé when it came off the rails at Eseka.  “My sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the derailment of the Camrail train,” President Paul Biya said.  The cause of the crash is being investigated, although the train was carrying 1,300 people instead of its capacity of 600.

Suicide bomber kills at least three people in attack on market in Mora

On 21 August, a senior military official confirmed that a suicide bomber riding a motorbike detonated an explosive belt in a market in Mora, killing at least three people and wounding 24 others. Authorities believe that the attack was carried out by the Boko Haram militant group.

Dozens of Boko Haram militants killed in Far North region

Over two dozen Boko Haram fighters were killed in Cameroon's Far North region, near the Nigerian border. According to Bouba Dobekreo, commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), at least 10 militants were also detained between Tuesday and Wednesday night in Fotokol. The MNJTF is an international military coalition comprising several military contingents of West African countries, aiming to defeat transnational threat of the Boko Haram group.

Four killed in Boko Haram raid in Far North region

At least four people were killed and a 13-year-old child kidnapped in a suspected Boko Haram raid in the Far North region of Cameroon. The commander of the  joint international task force in the area told the Anadolu Agency: “Elements of the terrorist group entered the Cameroonian village of Gambarou located between the towns of Waza and Mora, killing at least four villagers and setting fire to 60 houses". Boko Haram frequently carry out cross-border attacks in the Far North region, where the US-supported international joint task force compromising troops from Chad, Nigeria and Niger are stationed to combat the militant group.

Dozens arrested in clearance operation along Nigerian border

Soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have launched a clearance operation in six villages along the Nigerian-Cameroonian border. Chief Military Public Information Officer, Col. Muhammad Dole, said on Wednesday that activity in the region had been increased to target members of the Boko Haram militant group. He added that security forces arrested 24 suspected fighters, along with a large amount of logistical equipment. One soldier was reportedly killed and another injured during the raids.

Ten killed in suicide attack near Nigerian border

Security sources confirmed that at least 10 people have been killed by Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon. The suicide bombing hit in the town of Djakana, near the Nigerian border, on Thursday. The same sources said: "Seven people were killed immediately, including the bomber. Four others later succumbed to their wounds". Most of the victims were members of a vigilante group who were attending a meeting when the assailant stormed the building.

Three Boko Haram militants killed in Far North

Three alleged Boko Haram fighters were shot dead by Cameroonian forces in the country's Far North region on Friday. The insurgents attempted to storm the village of Ngouraya before they were confronted by troops. Further information regarding casualties among the security forces were not confirmed. The Far North region has been scene of multiple cross-border attacks carried out by Boko Haram militants.

Two suicide bombers killed at checkpoint

Two female suicide bombers have been killed at a checkpoint in northern Cameroon. Regional governor Midjiyawa Bakary said the girls, aged 13 and 15, were heading to the town of Mora when they were confronted on Monday.  Officials said the pair had travelled into Cameroon from neighbouring Nigeria and were suspected of belonging to Boko Haram.

Scores of Boko Haram fighters sentenced to death

A Cameroonian court sentenced 89 Boko Haram fighters to death on Thursday. These are the first death sentences since Cameroon's anti-terror laws were reformed in 2014. It is believed that nearly 1,000 members of the Islamist group are currently awaiting trial in the country.

Twin suicide blast kills 20 in northern Cameroon

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in northern Cameroon.  The bombers, who were disguised as food traders, targeted a packed market in the village of Meme in Far North on Friday morning.  The wounded were taken to hospital in the town of Tokombere.

Twin suicide blast kill six in Far North

At least six people have been killed in a double suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon.  More than 30 people were also wounded in the blasts, which happened in Nguetchewe on Wednesday morning.  The incident is the latest in a series of suicide attacks in the area, many of which have been blamed on the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

Double suicide attack kills four civilians

A double suicide bomb attack in the northern town of Kerawa has killed four civilians and wounded several others. According to local sources, the Far North town is regularly attacked by Boko Haram militias. The attack happened a week after two female bombers targeted a primary school in the same region, killing two people.

Two suicide bombers target school in north

Two female suicide bombers have targeted a primary school in northern Cameroon, killing two people and wounding four others. Local residents told the BBC that one of the assailants detonated their device at the school in Kerawa, while the other blew herself up when she was confronted by vigilantes. The incident comes three days after a multiple suicide bomb attack killed 32 people in the nearby town of Bodo.

Four suicide bombs kill 25 in Far North

At least 25 people have been killed after four suicide bombers attacked a town in the Far North region of Cameroon.  The blasts hit the Bodo central market on Monday morning, according to local officials.  Last December two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the town's entrance, although there were no other casualties on that occasion.

Suicide blast kills four in Far North Region

At least four people have been killed and several others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in the Far North Region of Cameroon.  The assailant detonated the device in the village of Ngue Tchewe at around 06:00 local time on Monday.  A local security source told the AFP: "The suicide bomber, a young boy, arrived in the village by foot. The bomber ran towards the mosque, where he set off the explosives he was carrying with him."

Suicide bomber kills 10 in Far North

A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people in an attack in the Far North region of Cameroon.  The assailant detonated the device at a mosque in the town of Kolofata at around 05:40 on Wednesday morning.  The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have carried out dozens of similar cross-border attacks and are suspected of being behind the latest incident.

Ten killed in Far North suicide bomb attack

At least 10 people have been killed and 22 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Far North region of Cameroon.  The assailant detonated the device in the town of Kolofata, 13km from the border with Nigeria, on Friday morning.  Reports suggest a second bomber escaped after their device failed to detonate.  The Boko Haram militant group are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Cameroon army frees 900 Boko Haram hostages

Cameroon's army has freed 900 hostages and killed at least 100 Boko Haram militants during operations along the north-western border with Nigeria. "In the course of this operation, at least 100 members of Boko Haram were killed. Nine hundred hostages detained by Boko Haram were freed," said army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck. On Tuesday evening suspected Boko Haram militants carried out a twin suicide bomb attack in the town of Waza in northern Cameroon, killing three people.

Boko Haram kidnaps 30 people in Far North

Militants from the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have kidnapped 30 people in a cross-border raid in Cameroon's Far North region.  Local media said several villages in the Touboro district were attacked on Wednesday.  The attack came a day after the Cameroonian army killed a local Boko Haram leader, nicknamed "Lieutenant", during operations along the border.

Eight villagers killed in Boko Haram raid

Eight civilians have been killed and nine others wounded in a raid by suspected Boko Haram militants near the northern city of Mora.  Gunmen attacked the village of Doulo overnight on Wednesday, leading to clashes between militants and security forces. "For security forces and Boko Haram militants, we do not yet have a death toll," said Babila Akaou, prefect for the Mayo-Sava district.

US deploys troops to Cameroon

The United States has deployed around 300 troops to Cameroon to assist the regional fight against the Boko Haram militant group.  President Barack Obama said the troops were being sent "to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in the region". Obama also said that the troops would remain in Cameroon "until their support is no longer needed".

Twin suicide attacks kill nine in Far North

At least nine people have been killed and almost 30 others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack in Cameroon's Far North region.  The attacks took place in the village of Kangaleri, around 30km from the town of Mora, on Sunday morning.  The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is widely suspected of carrying out the attacks.

Twin suicide blast hits northern Cameroon

At least five people have been killed in a twin suicide bomb attack in northern Cameroon.  The devices exploded in the town of Mora, killing a police officer, two civilians and two female bombers.  A local military officer told Reuters that the bombings happened near a police checkpoint at the town stadium.  The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram are suspected of carrying out the attacks.

Four children kidnapped in Far North region

Four children have been kidnapped by unidentified assailants from a village in Cameroon's Far North region. A deputy mayor in the nearby town of Koza said "the four teens went about their business when armed men with machetes came to take them... when their mother went to bring them food she realized the abduction of her children."  The security forces have been dispatched to track down the kidnappers and secure the release of the four children, aged between 13 and 15.

Two bombs hit village in northern Cameroon

Two explosions have been reported in a remote village in the Far North region of Cameroon, killing at least 10 people.  An army official told the Reuters news agency that the first device exploded in a market in the village of Kerawa, while a second blast struck near an infantry camp.  Boko Haram militants from neighbouring Nigeria have previously carried out similar attacks on the village.

Police 'free children after years in chains'

Military police have raided a house in Cameroon and freed 70 children who were being held captive and were suffering from disease and hunger. Some of them had spent three years in chains and has scars inflicted from beatings, officers reported. The head of an Islamic school who owned the house in the northern town of Ngaoundere has been arrested. He denies any wrongdoing, saying parents willingly sent their children to his "correctional centre." 

Boko Haram kidnaps 135, kills eight in Extreme North raid

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped 135 people and killed at least 8 others in a raid in northern Cameroon early Tuesday morning. It happened in the village of Chakamari, in a region known as the Extreme North. Insurgents also shot dead nine fishermen in a village near the shores of Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria.

Seven killed and 20 kidnapped in suspected Boko Haram raid

At least seven people were killed and about 20 kidnapped in a suspected Boko Haram overnight raid on a village near Cameroon's northern border. Tchakarmari, located north of Maroua, was struck by a series of suicide bombings by Boko Haram last month. An anonymous military officer has said that "there was an attack at 01:30. We have a figure of seven dead... We were informed that this was an attack by gunmen from Nigeria."

Extra troops deployed to Nigerian border

Cameroon has ordered an additional 2,000 troops to deploy along its northern border with Nigeria to combat Boko Haram militants.  The move comes after three suicide bomb attacks in the city of Maroua last week killed 33 people.  The additional troops will raise the size of the total force to 8,500.

Suicide attack in Cameroon kills 19

Nineteen people, including the bomber, were killed in a suicide attack in Maroua, north Cameroon, with many others injured. Officials suspect Boko Haram is behind the attack. The Cameroonian army uses the town as the headquarters for their regional operations against Boko Haram.

Suicide bombs kill 13 in northern Cameroon

At least 13 people have been killed and 32 others wounded in a twin suicide bomb attack at a market in the northern city of Maroua.  The AFP news agency reported that both bombers were young girls disguised as beggars.  Cameroon's President Paul Biya "condemns in the strongest terms these cowardly and heinous attacks against innocent people," read a statement on his official website.

Cameroon bans full-face veil in Far North region

Cameroon has banned the wearing of the full-face Islamic veil in the Far North region, governor Bakari Midjiyawa said on Thursday.  The decision was made following an attack by two female suicide bombers which killed 11 people in the region on Sunday. "We are also systematically checking all vehicles, and controlling all luggage and the population should collaborate because there is a serious security threat to our nation," said Mr Midjiyawa.

Twin suicide blast kills 13 in Fotokol

At least 12 civilians and a Chadian soldier have been killed in two suicide bomb attacks in the northern town of Fotokol.  The first blast struck a bar near a Cameroon special forces camp, while a second device exploded as soldiers approached the scene of the first bomb.  The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Villagers killed in Boko Haram raids

At least 13 civilians have been killed in a raid by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon. Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Boko Haram fighters attacked the village of Bordo on Tuesday morning. "We can indicate that our defense and security forces vigorously retaliated against this barbaric attack and forced the attackers to retreat."

Boko Haram kidnaps 20 in northern Cameroon

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped at least 20 people from a bus in northern Cameroon.  Gunmen seized a civilian bus near the border town of Koza and drove it towards the Nigerian border.

Dozens killed in latest Boko Haram raids

At least 90 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded after militants from the Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram attacked the border town of Fotokol.  Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakari said an estimated 800 fighters targeted the town, setting fire churches, mosques and several surrounding villages.  The militants were eventually driven back by a combination of Cameroonian troops and Chadian forces.

Dozens kidnapped by Boko Haram militants

At least 80 people have been kidnapped and four others killed during a cross-border raid by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon.  Insurgents targeted the village of Mabass in the Far North Region, destroying dozens of houses in the process.  Cameroon's Information Issa Tchiroma Bakary said "we are dealing with barbaric people, lawless people".

Boko Haram launch assault on Cameroon military base

Suspected Boko Haram militants have launched an assault on a military base in north-western Cameroon.  Hundreds of civilians have reportedly fled the city of Kolofata after heavily armed gunmen targeted the complex, which is home to police, military and local government officials.

Boko Haram leader threatens Cameroon

The leader of the Nigerian militant group, Boko Haram, has threatened to increase attacks in neighbouring Cameroon.  In a video posted online a man purporting to be Abubakar Shekau warned President Paul Biya "I advise you to desist from following your constitution and democracy, which is un-Islamic,".  Cameroon has recently increased security operations against the group along the northern border.

Cameron launches air strikes against Boko Haram

Cameroon's air force has launched a series of air strikes against Boko Haram militants along the country's border with Nigeria.  At least 41 fighters were killed in the bombings, which follows a wave of attacks by the group in the region.  Around 1,000 insurgents had attacked five villages and briefly held the Achigachia military base.

Army kills 180 Boko Haram fighters in northern Cameroon

The Cameroonian army claims to have killed at least 180 Boko Haram fighters in the north of the country.  A group of 400 militants are reported to have attacked the army in Amchide, close to the Nigerian border, on Thursday evening.  There are no confirmations of casualties from the army.

Army frees hostages from CAR rebels

The Cameroonian army has secured the release of 16 hostages from rebels in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR).  The hostages included the Polish priest, Mateusz Dziedzic, who was seized by the Democractic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) on 12 October.  THE FDPC said the captives were released as a gesture of good faith ahead of potential political talks.

Boko Haram hostages freed in Cameroon

A group of 27 hostages seized by Boko Haram militants earlier this year have been released in northern Cameroon.  The hostages included 10 Chinese workers and the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister, Amadou Ali. “The 27 hostages kidnapped on May 16 2014 at Waza and on July 27 2014 at Kolofata were given this night to Cameroonian authorities,” President Paul Biya said in a statement read on state radio.

Army kills more than 100 Boko Haram fighters

Cameroon's government has said that its soldiers killed more than 100 Boko Haram fighters during clashes along the border with Nigeria.  Spokesman Tchiroma Bakary said the army had dealt "a severe setback" to the militant group, who fired two shells on the border town of Fotokol in northern Cameroon on Saturday. "Our defence forces responded vigorously with mortar fire aimed at the positions held by units of the Boko Haram terrorist group that was behind the attack."

Almost 500 troops flee to Cameroon

Cameroon officials have confirmed that around 480 Nigerian soldiers have crossed the border to escape BokoHaram militants.  The troops handed over their weapons when they reached the town of Maroua, around 80km from the border.  Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau released a video over the weekend in which he declared that the group had setup an Islamic state in north-eastern Nigeria; however, the army have dismissedthe announcement as "empty".

Boko Haram kill 10 in cross-border attack

At least 10 people have been killed in an attack by the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram in northern Cameroon.  Heavily armed gunmen carried out the attack on the remote village of Zigague, where they stormed the house of a local chief and kidnapped one of his children.  The Cameroonian Armed Forces recently deployed more than 1,000 soldiers in an attempt to improve security along the border with Nigeria.

Boko Haram kidnaps Cameroon VP's wife

Suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice president during a cross-border attack.  At least three people died when the fighters targeted Amadou Ali's home in the northern town of Kolofata, while a local religious leader was also abducted in a separate attack.  On Friday Boko Haram fighters killed four Cameroonian soldiers during clashes along the border.

Boko Haram kidnap 10 Chinese engineers in northern Cameroon

Ten Chinese engineers have been kidnapped during a cross-border raid by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon.  The Chinese embassy in Yaounde confirmed the attack at the site near Waza in the Far North Region, 20km from the Nigerian border.

Italian priests and Canadian nun kidnapped in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon.  A bishop told the Reuters news agency that the three victims were seized in the early hours of Saturday morning in the district of Maroua.

Nigeria closes border with Cameroon

Nigeria has closed its northern border with Cameroon in an attempt to stop Boko Haram fighters moving between the two countries.  "To effectively curtail the activities of the insurgents, the Cameroon border in the north-east has been closed indefinitely," Brigadier-General Rogers Ibe Nicholas said in a statement.  The army claims that Boko Haram fighters have set up bases in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger which they use to launch attacks in north-eastern Nigeria.

French priest kidnapped near Nigerian border

A French priest has been kidnapped from the town of Koza, close to the northern border with Nigeria.  Georges Vandenbeusch was seized by unknown gunmen on Thursday as he met a group of nuns and local residents.  In February members of the Nigerian Islamic militant group Boko Haram kidnapped a French family of seven in the same region before releasing them in April.

Cameroon Data Sheet

Population:
19.4 million
Major Religion/s:
Christianity, Islam
International dialing code:
+237
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Police 17, Medical 112, Fire 18
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Semi-arid
Ohter Major Cities:
Bamenda, Garoua, Kousseri
Borders:
Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo