The United Nations Office for West Africa said on Wednesday that a U.N. technical team working along the border between Nigeria and Cameroon was attacked leaving five people dead and wounding several. The attack occurred on Tuesday at around 1400 local time near the Cameroonian border town of Kontcha. The UN confirmed the dead to be one U.N. independent contractor, three Nigerian nationals and one Cameroonian national.
The U.N. team was working on demarcating the more than 2,000 km (1,200 mile) land border which has been a source of friction between the neighbouring countries in the past.
While no one has claimed responsibility, this has the hallmarks of Nigeria’s militants. The Nigeria-based militants have spilled across borders into neighboring countries including Cameroon
The group attacked a nigerian military convoy along a recently secured highway, killing at least seven and injuring many others recently.
Suspected militants also recently invaded a Nigerian military base/camp of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in Kamuya village of Buratai ward of Biu Local Government Area of Borno state, where they sacked the soldiers at their duty post, before carting away arms and ammunitions.
The militants have killed more than 15,000 people since 2009 and have recently stepped up suicide bombings. At least two people were killed when a suspected militant detonated explosive at a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria. The suicide bomber and a worshipper died in the Dalori village, in the restive Borno state, in the early hours of Tuesday.