Cameroon Receives Military IEDs And Landmine Detection, Clearance Training From The United States

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The United States of America is training Cameroon Military in techniques of detecting and counteracting explosive devices and landmines being used by the Boko Haram to stage attacks in their country.

Boko Haram have in the past few months changed tactics from attacking mainly in Nigeria but also expand the scope to include countries in the 8,700 strong Multinational joint task force which Cameroon, Chad, Benin, Niger and Nigeria.


Cameroonian military is receiving extensive training on how to detect and counteract landmines and explosives devices from the United States. The training comes due to an increased number of Boko Haram attacks in the country using landmines and IEDs.

Despite the ability of Boko Haram to launch massive attacks being significantly degraded by the 8700 strong Multinational Joint Task Force, they have resulted to guerilla-like raids using landmines and IEDs.

The landmines are either used as distracting for a ‘major’ attack or to slow down the forces in pursuit of the militants. Cameroon closed some border access points between her and Nigeria in an attempt to reduce the number of attacks as well as losses incurred both human and material.

The new training will but the military at an advantage over the militants in the fight seeing as they will be able to handle and detonate explosives and landmines and thwart attacks with no casualties.

Boko Haram since its inception and spread it has posed new threats everyday previously limited to Nigeria but due to the offensive against it in Nigeria they have resulted to mounting attacks to allies and neighbors of Nigeria. These desperate moves are as a result of most of their suppliers arrested and their supply routes closed down by the military.

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