Cameroon

Yaoundé (AFP) Cameroon’s President Paul Biya halted on Wednesday the trial of leaders of the nation’s English-speaking community who stand accused of terror-related charges over their fight for Anglophone rights in the French-majority nation. The leaders — lawyer Felix Agbor Nkongho, teacher Neba Fontem Aforteka’a and Paul Ayah Abine — were expected to be released soon, one of their lawyers said. They are among roughly 30 activists being prosecuted on charges that include terrorism as well as rebellion, and which are punishable by death. Biya’s decision, which was announced onRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Fifteen people were shot dead in an overnight attack in north Cameroon, blamed on Boko Haram Islamists, a security source said Friday. The attack happened in the town of Gakara close to the Nigerian border, the security source in the region said. “Boko Haram shot 15 people dead… and kidnapped eight people three of whom were returned on Friday,” added the source, who wished to remain anonymous. A total of 35 houses were torched in the attack which happened around 11:00 pm (2200 GMT) according to a localRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) A child bomber killed four members of a local self-defence group late Tuesday in northern Cameroon, an area often targeted by Boko Haram jihadists in their long-running insurgency. The attack in the village of Amchide, near the Nigerian border, was confirmed on Wednesday by a member of the self-defence force who requested anonymity, as well as by a security source in the capital, Yaounde. “I was in my sector when I heard a large explosion in another part of the town,” the self-defence source said. “We saw thatRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) A suicide bomb attack in the far north of Cameroon killed eight people, local officials and security sources said Sunday. The attack happened on Saturday evening at the village of Ouro-Kessoum, two kilometres from the Nigerian border, said the head of a local security committee who asked to remain anonymous. “There were eight killed and four wounded,” in addition to the suicide bomber, he added The attack and the toll were both confirmed to AFP by a security source in the region. The injured had been evacuated toRead More
GUIDER (Cameroon) (AFP) The two big maps show the districts of the northern Cameroonian town of Guider along with its brothels, nightclubs and other seedy spots to identify places from where AIDS could spread among adolescents. Cameroon, a country of 23 million that hugs Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world. “The maps highlight the high-risk zones for transmission,” said Boris Mbaho Tchaptchet, 21, speaking at a local youth club. “We located the love hotels, the video clubs, the cabarets, the undergroundRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a women’s health centre in Cameroon’s capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test. Blandine is HIV positive. But the waiting is not for her — it is to find out whether her one-year-old girl also has the human immunodeficiency virus. A few minutes later, she has her answer. “I am so relieved,” Blandine said upon learning that her baby’s blood tests came back negative for HIV.Read More
Yaoundé (AFP) A Cameroon army vessel transporting “dozens” of troops from the elite Rapid Intervention Brigade capsized on Sunday off the country’s southwestern coast, a security source told AFP. The boat “capsized on Sunday between the city of Limbe and Bakassi. There were dozens of troops on board, including a colonel,” the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Rapid Intervention Brigade is in the front line of Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram jihadists in the far north. “The army has begun searches,” the source said, while anotherRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Two bombers blew themselves up in northeastern Cameroon killing 14 people and injuring 30 people in an attack likely staged by Boko Haram jihadists, security sources said Thursday. The bombings, which took place on Wednesday evening in Waza near the Nigerian border, targeted a busy area in the market town, the sources said. The bombers struck an area with “restaurants, telephone cabins and kiosks”, a local official said. “The town has been sealed off. Nobody can enter and nobody can leave,” the source said, adding that some ofRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) One civilian was killed and two others injured Saturday when four female bombers blew themselves up in Cameroon’s Far North, an area regularly targeted by Boko Haram jihadists, local sources told AFP. The incident took place in Mora, near the northwestern border with Nigeria, during the early hours of Saturday morning, when four female bombers set off the deadly blasts near the edge of town, a source close to the security services said. Mora is home to the headquarters of the first sector of the Mixed Multinational Force,Read More