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Unpaid soldiers protest in Far North Cameroon

BIR soldiers fighting Boko Haram in Cameroon's Far North (File Photo)

Some fifty soldiers went on strike in Cameroon’s Far North region over the weekend blocking roads and forcing businesses to close down.

The soldiers were striking over two year’s unpaid salaries and expenses that they said they were owed.
An army from the regional capital of Maroua, who preferred anonymity said the soldiers from the air force, took up arms against the advice of their military hierarchy and blocked national roads after dismantling their posts at the frontier.

Going by him, the soldiers returned to barracks later on Sunday after discussing with army generals. It is not clear how much money the soldiers demanded.

Soldiers in northern Cameroon operate in one of the region’s most dangerous areas given the frequent suicide attacks perpetrated by terrorist’s sects, boko haram. Even though the soldiers protest was quickly pacified reports say official negotiations with the soldiers will be led by the Defence Minister, who is currently out of the country.

Published on 28.04.2020

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