Two more suicide bombings in Cameroon's Far North region

Two separate explosions in Maroua, Cameroon, killed at least 13 people today. Reports indicate the bombers were two young girls, who targeted a busy market and a densely populated neighbourhood. This follows another bombing 10 days ago in the city of Fotocol by women dressed in burqas.

Advice For Travellers

There is a general threat from terrorism from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, who have threatened Cameroon with attacks due to Cameroon’s joining a multinational force to fight the Boko Haram. Anyone travelling in Cameroon should avoid areas such as police stations, government buildings, or crowded areas, such as markets.

Authorities have banned the burqa in the Far North region. Also, local authorities have banned motorbikes at night and tinted windows in vehicles.

Many countries advise against any travel to the Far North province; to within 40 kilometers of the border with Nigeria’s Adamawa state in Cameroon’s North and Adamaoua provinces; to within 40 kilometers of the borders with both Chad and the Central African Republic and Cameroon’s Bakassi Peninsula.

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