Insurgency affecting Cameroon’s tourism

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Boko Haram doesn’t just threaten Nigeria, but the entire Lake Chad basin region. That includes Cameroon, where tourism has been taking a knock because of the militant threat.

Foumban palace, home of some of Cameroon’s prestigious kingdoms, the town of Bamenda has for years been a popular tourist spot, attracting both local and foreign visitors.
But an Islamist insurgency by Boko Haram that has wrecked havoc in neighbouring Nigeria has also seeped through the porous borders into Cameroon.

Regional tourists operator have called on the government to find a solution to stop the insurgency and save the tourism industry.

On Wednesday, Cameroon’s army announced it had killed at least 100 Boko Haram members and freed 900 people, backed up by a regional task force. A double suicide-bombing suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram on the same day however highlights the challenges the government of Cameroon face in countering the attacks.