Inhabitants of Nguetchewe village, in Mayo Tsanaga Division of the Far North Region woke up to a disastrous morning following a terrorist attack attributed to the Islamist group Boko Haram in their locality.
A total of 17 of their relatives had time in the attack that occurred at about 11:30 pm on the night of Saturday August 1 breaking Sunday August 2, 2020.
Casualties Of The Raid
According to a press release from the Head of the Communication Division of the Ministry of Defence, Commander Atonfack Guemo Cyrille Serge, 19 people died in the attack including two suicide bombers.
Scenario Of The Attack
The 16 peoples injured in the attack were evacuated to the Adventist Hospital in Koza and others were referred to the Regional Hospital in Maroua, Far North Region.
it also indicated the attack involving suicide bombings
According to release, the attackers assaulted members of a local vigilante committee and other civilians, some of whom took cover in makeshift shelters. Two suicide bombers chased them and activated their explosive charges.
Investigations have been opened by Local Administrative and Defence and Security Forces to determine the details of the sporadic attack.The latest attack is amongst the most deadly in 2020 from the group that for the most part been pushed out of Cameroon’s territory and life had been picking up in the once deserted parts of the Far North Region.
Far North Governor Visits Victims
The Governor of the Far North Region, Mijiyawa Bakari after visiting the scene of the incident said some victims have been taken to hospitals in Mora, Mokolo and Maroua.
The Governor extended the comfort of the President of the Republic to the affected families. He also provided encouragement to the members of the vigilante groups and defence forces working in the area who were reminded to stay alert
The Boko Haram terrorist group that was engaged extremist atrocities northeast Nigeria around 2014 expanded its scope of activities neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, spreading terror with atrocities.
The intensity of the attacks prompted countries of the Lake Chad basin to setup to Multinational Joint Task Force to combat the terrorist group. In addition to the joint military expedition, Cameroon created the Emergence4 operation and also created the fourth Military region in the Fourth Military region coving the Far North and the Logone and Shari division.
Amongst the 26 million people in the Lake Chad region affected insecurity perpetrated by the terrorist group, 2.6 million, according to the UN Refugee Agency. The Minaouawa refugee camp in the Far North region of Cameroon is home to huge number of refugees fleeing the violence.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs more than 30,000 people have been killed since the insurgency began a decade ago.