The terrorist group, Boko Haram has multiplied its attacks in the Far North Region of Cameroon since the beginning of 2021.
The group seems to have decided to seize the limelight on military clashes with the Cameroon army from the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
Since January 1, Boko Haram terrorists have killed several people in attacks on localities in the Far North region of Cameroon during what is being perceived as punitive incursions into the region.
One such incursion took place during the night of January 2 through 3 in Ouzal, a locality situated in the Mayo-Moskota sub division of Mayo-Sanaga division.
The terrorists attacked the village as the population was sleeping, killing three persons and vandalizing houses from which they looted properties. One of those killed was a secondary school teacher.
Ouzal is a locality at the frontier with Nigeria and was the target of an earlier attack on New Year Day, January 1, 2021 during which one man was killed and several others wounded. The terrorists also sacked several houses taking away goods and precious objects.
On Monday morning, Boko Haram terrorists attacked the town of Kaliari-Nguetchewe, in the same Mayo-Moskota sub division of Mayo-Sanaga division, killing three civilians.
Before opening the 2021 year with an increase in murderous attacks, the Nigeria-based terrorist organization had closed the 2020 year on December 23, with similar attacks on fishermen from Darak and Blangoua in the Logone and Chari division of the Far North Region.
The said fishermen were plying their trade in Lake Chad when they were attacked. Two of them were killed.
“There is no doubt in the minds of the local populations and national opinion leaders that government rhetoric on the curtailment of Boko Haram activities in the country is just window-dressing.
“This is because Boko Haram seems to be getting stronger by the day which is evidenced by a spike in their attacks in various localities resulting in several deaths”, a social society activist who spoke anonymously told HumAngle in Maroua.
“The government may just be putting on a brave face because it is an open secret that with the Anglophone insurgency in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, the national army is stretched to breaking point and Boko Haram seems to have decided to take advantage of the situation to step up attacks”, a security expert, who remained anonymous said.