By Eric Tataw – Sunday April 14, 2019.
Cameroon is obviously exasperated with the level of insecurity in some of its Regions. State authorities are completely shocked with an attack by Boko Haram terrorist group at Kerawa, a town in the country’s Far North Region, National Telegraph has been told.
Government sources say four soldiers were killed in the Kerawa attack, Friday April 12, 2019. But a local Journalist told National Telegraph the figure may be a little higher than four, adding that the vehicle carrying the soldiers was damaged and nine others sustained serious injuries.
The soldiers were on a possible routine surveillance when a device planted by the Boko Haram group between Gouzdavreket and Asshigacha riddled the bottom of the vehicle, shattered tires, before a considerable part of the vehicle exploded, the Journalist said.
On Monday April 8, 2019, the Boko Haram group launched another attack at Sagmé in the Logone-et-Chari Division still in the country’s Far North that killed three soldiers and wounded some. Other regions have prior to these attacks remained wrapped in uncertainty.
On Thursday January 25, 2019, unidentified gunmen attacked and shot at a passenger train belonging to the country’s national train service, CAMRAIL, in the town of Belabo in Belabo Sub-division, Lom and Djerem Division, in the country’s East Region.
The passenger train left the town of Ngaoundere in Adamawa Region of Cameroon for Cameroon’s capital city Yaoundé when gunmen attacked it at the small train terminal town of Belabo.
In the two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West, gun battles have ensued between government soldiers and Anglophone militias with a demand for a separate state called Ambazonia.
The government of Cameroon has reportedly spent billions in F CFA to contain to armed conflict in the two English-speaking regions to no avail.
Cameroon’s treasury is also said to be depleting and with increase insecurity, compounded by high rates of unemployment, President Paul Biya would be facing his most difficult mandate.
The mandate is also said to be illegitimate, according to Prof Maurice Kamto, Chair of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM), now under detention who competed in the Cameroon’s Presidential Elections and went on to declare he won.