US warns citizens not to travel to Cameroon, Adamawa, Borno

It stressed that US citizens should exercise extreme caution when traveling within 60 miles/100 kilometers of the border with Nigeria's Adamawa .

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The Department of State has warned United States citizens not to travel to Cameroon and the North and Far North Regions of the country, given "the general threat of violent crime, terrorism, and the targeting of westerners for murder and kidnappings, particularly by the extremist terrorist group Boko Haram."

According to a statement obtained by Pulse, "there is a growing threat in the East Region, where former Seleka and criminal elements from the Central African Republic (CAR) occasionally cross the border into Cameroon to steal property and take hostages for ransom. Because of the security situation in the country, the U.S. Embassy's ability to provide consular services in remote and rural areas is extremely limited. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on September 30, 2015 to emphasize the increasing criminal threat in the eastern part of the Adamawa Region.

"The Boko Haram terrorist group is active in the Far North Region, and has actively targeted foreign residents, tourists, and government leaders, which may place U.S. citizens traveling to or living in the Far North and North Regions of Cameroon at risk. Twenty one foreigners have been reported kidnapped since 2013. Since July 2015, the group has carried out at least 14 suicide bombings in the North and Far North Regions, including the city of Maroua.

"The U.S. Embassy continues to maintain restrictions on travel by U.S. official personnel to the North, Far North, and East Regions of Cameroon, as well as any travel north of Ngaoundere in the Adamawa Region. Due to increased criminal activity, the Embassy has now implemented a similar travel restriction east of Ngaoundere in the Adamawa Region", the statement read.

It stressed that "U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution when traveling within 60 miles/100 kilometers of the border with Nigeria's Adamawa State in the North and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon, the border area with Chad, and the border areas with CAR. Violence, banditry, and military operations in border areas can quickly spill over into Cameroon. Note there are Travel Warnings for neighboring Nigeria, Chad, and CAR. Additionally, the threat of piracy is present in the waters of the Bakassi peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea.

Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that Cameroonian soldiers had killed 70 innocent Nigerians during an anti-Boko Haram operation in Borno State on on Sunday, December 20, 2015.

According to Associated Press, the killings occurred in the Gwoza area of the state.

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