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In Cameroon, Boko Haram turn tourist hotspot into a ghost town

Waza (Cameroon) (AFP) - With a famous nature reserve, elephant safaris, and a reputation as a peaceful haven, the small town of Waza in the far north of Cameroon used to buzz with tourists. Located just a few kilometres from the border with Nigeria, Waza has been gripped by "general panic" since an attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamists who kidnapped ten Chinese in mid-May, said the secretary-general of the town, Tandjo. The security forces searching for them believe they were quickly taken back over the border, to the northeastern region of Nigeria that has become Boko Haram's stronghold. It was the latest in a series of incursions into northern Cameroon by the group, who officials say take advantage of a porous border to evade detection.


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