Cameroon’s Defense Ministry put the capital on high alert over possible militant attacks, stepping up patrols at government buildings and public areas.
Locations in Yaounde with an increased security presence include ministries, army barracks, military hospitals and crowded places, according to a statement signed by Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo and e-mailed by his communications office.
While Cameroon’s capital hasn’t been targeted before, the country’s Far North region has been hit by attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram that have killed more than 70 people since the beginning of the year. Most were bombings by teenagers with explosive devices strapped to their bodies.
The world’s fifth-biggest cocoa producer, the West African nation is part of a joint military task-force set up to combat a surge in cross-border attacks by Boko Haram, based in the north of neighboring Nigeria.