Suspected Boko Haram Rebels Attack Chinese Plant

Reuters reports that “suspected rebels from Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked a Chinese plant in northern Cameroon” Friday night:

Chinese state news agency Xinhua quoted Chinese officials as saying unidentified assailants had attacked the camp of a Chinese enterprise operating in Cameroon on Friday night, injuring one person and leaving 10 unaccounted for.

Boko Haram has staged several attacks in northern Cameroon. Last month, it attacked a police post, killing two people. The rebels kidnapped a French family in February 2013.

West African leaders meet in Paris on Saturday to try to improve cooperation in their fight against Boko Haram. [Source]

Emmanuel Tumanjong at The Wall Street Journal reports on Saturday’s meeting in Paris between Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Western and African leaders to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram:

The Friday evening assault in Cameroon marked the latest cross-border attack from a Nigerian insurgency blamed for a spate of recent kidnappings. News of the attack surfaced Saturday, on the same day Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, met in Paris with Western and African leaders.

Participants at the meeting agreed to forge a plan for combating Boko Haram, after the Nigerian militancy abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls and killed scores of civilians in recent shooting and bomb attacks. [Source]

The violence against Chinese in Cameroon coincides with deadly attacks against Chinese in Vietnam which were sparked by territorial disputes.

May 18, 2014 7:40 PM
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