Fighting Boko Haram: Cameroon Security Forces Intercept Suspicious Package,Two Suspects In Custody

 A suspicious package containing "components used in the making of explosives" were seized on Teusday, 18. October 2016  at the "Lux Travel" travel agency in Maroua. Two suspects who came to retrieve the "package" sent from Ngaoundere were arrested by elements of the BIR.According to a statement by the head of Lux Travel agency in Maroua.The Far North region of Cameroon, has been under a state of emergency and lock-down for security reasons.

Security sources said that since 2012, Boko Haram has set up a web of contacts in Cameroon enabling the extremist group to nab Western hostages and set up a trafficking network dealing in arms, vehicles and merchandise.

 

In 2014, Cameroon went into battle to crack the network but has not managed to dismantle it. And ever since the Cameroonian army joined a regional military alliance to fight Boko Haram, the north has become a favoured target for the Islamists.

The porous border enables attackers to travel easily into Cameroon, where they can target gathering places such as markets and mosques.

In general, the explosives kill in a radius of around 50 metres (yards), said an officer from the rapid intervention battalion (BIR) tasked with battling Boko Haram.

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