Cameroon – Security: Cameroon closes border with Central African Republic

Written by Deckson N.

The cause is the unfolding of violent clashes between the Central African rebel groups Seleka and anti Balaka.

In its edition of 17 July 2017 the daily Le Jour talks about the closure of the border with the Central African Republic (CAR). According to sources in the newspaper, the Cameroonian authorities have made this decision since last Monday. The security system has been strengthened at the border. The situation is caused by the “violent” clashes between the Seleka and anti Balaka rebel groups.

It even led Jean Benoît Boumtap the DO of Ngaoundaye the Central African administrative district, adjoining Touboro to flee the atrocities. He found refuge in Cameroon on Friday, July 14, 2017. The newspaper relates that he presented himself to the Cameroonian military. He therefore benefits from “protection“.

To return to the clashes between the rebel groups Seleka and anti Balaka, it is learned that they have been aggravated since the picket of the Cameroonian soldiers of the Minusca posted in Ngaoundaye was lifted. “This device would have been dismantled at the request of the MP of Ngaoundaye,” notes the paper. Local residents of Touboro and Mayo-Rey say the situation is very tense. It would push refugees to flush discreetly. An official from the Northern Region told the daily “it can switch at any moment, we redouble our vigilance“.

It should be remembered that in 2013, the border with the CAR was closed due to the violence. Central African rebels of the Seleka murdered Dallé Ngando the Cameroonian police officer at the time head of the Toktoyo border post. In 2008 also the same border was closed by decision of the SDO of the Cameroonian Boumba and Ngoko division of that time.

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