Four individuals believed to originate from Nigeria were arrested in Minawao refugee camp, in the Far North of Cameroon over alleged links to Boko Haram, security sources told APA on Sunday.According to reports, the suspected Boko Haram fighters were arrested during a routine security check following a tip-off.
Although the identities of the quartet have not been revealed, Cameroon’s Ministry of Defence which confirmed the arrests, said they had participated in attacks inside Cameroon.
They reportedly entered Nigeria’s Minawao refugee camp as routine security checks were being conducted by the Cameroonian army.
They had sought refuge among the local population, before appearing as refugees.
The arrests should bring the Cameroonian authorities to redouble their vigilance, especially as this is not the first time refugee camps are being directly linked with terrorists.
A few days ago, the defense and security forces had confirmed that two suicide bombers who blew themselves up in Maroua were from this refugee camp.