Cameroon – Far North Region: 5 people kidnapped and found slaughtered by Boko Haram.

Villagers were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the far north region of Cameroon last Friday December 6, 2019 in Tolkomari in Kolofata municipality.

On Saturday evening, 5 bodies of the kidnapped were found in the same locality by security forces, while a woman and a child taken hostage are still no where to be found.

The week has been a bloody one as the Islamist group had killed four civilians in Kochtrehe on the night of Monday 2nd to Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

About 100 attackers had arrived on motorbikes and carried livestock, according to local sources.

Recall that In late 2018, Cameroonian President Paul Biya created the National Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (CNDDR) to oversee and manage the return to civilian life of Boko Haram ex-combatants, as well as armed separatists in the English-speaking regions of the country.

Since then, a hundred jihadists have repented, according to the latest CNDDR figures released in early December.

The Boko Haram group has killed more than 2,000 people, according to a report prepared by NGOs. It has been active since 2014 in Cameroon, particularly in the far north of the country.

Why did Boko Haram start attacking Cameroon?

Boko Haram started launching a frontal attack on Cameroon because the Government strengthened the security apparatus in the Far North and dismantled about ten arms caches of the sect, as well as corridors for the transit of weapons. In fact, Cameroonian authorities were in an increasingly untenable situation at the beginning of 2014.

Despite the head-in-the-sand policy adopted at the beginning which consisted of turning a blind eye on the presence of Boko Haram members in the Far North in the hope that they would not take on Cameroon, the sect continued to abduct foreigners and Cameroonians. Moreover, the Nigerian Government and press accused Cameroon of serving as a rear base and support for Boko Haram.

Faced with such pressures and following the abduction of ten Chinese nationals at Waza, the only rational option for Cameroon was to declare war on the sect. Of course, once war was declared in May 2014, Boko Haram, in turn, increased its attacks in Cameroon to the extent that the country became the second major target of the Islamist group.

By Subiru Madina