Cameroon / by Alistair Galloway

In foreign policy, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Cameroon in January and congratulated the Cameroonian government for excellent economic growth and diversification. In security affairs, two female suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Kolofata on 13 January killing 10 and wounding at least a dozen. On 18 January another mosque attack carried out by a young boy left four dead in Nguetchewe. A large market attack left 32 dead with 66 injured on 26 January marking in Bodo on the Nigerian Border. On 27 January, a large explosion at a military base of the Multinational Joint Task Force in Mora destroyed military equipment and vehicles, causing an unknown number of casualties. Suicide bombers killed four in an attack on Nigerian refugees housed in a school in Kerawa on 28 January. The government of Cameroon announced that Boko Haram attacks have killed nearly 1,200 people in Cameroon since 2013 including 32 suicide attacks. Cameroon’s BIR Rapid Intervention Battalion has been outfitted with the South African Ratel armoured vehicles with deliveries beginning in December. The Cameroonian Military is sending additional troops and helicopters to its eastern border region due to the recent violence. Hundreds have been arrested after attacks on police stations in the capital, Yaounde. In economic affairs, the telecom company MTN was charged $160 million in back-taxes and royalties by the national anti-corruption commission. The Nigeria-Cameroon submarine internet cable has been completed and has gone live. Cameroon received a $1 million grant from the United Nations Agency for Agricultural Development. Coffee production in Cameroon dropped 27 per cent over the previous year, however exports rose over eight per cent. Approximately $850 million has been committed for the construction of the Natchigal dam in Central Cameroon.