Schools have previously been targeted by Anglophone armed groups in the restive English-speaking areas.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has instructed the Minister of the Armed Forces to send special military troops to the unrest-ridden English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions. The directive is stated in a letter sent to Joseph Beti Assomo, Minister of Defense, by Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, Minister of State Secretary General in the Presidency of the Republic.
The Rapid Intervention Battalion, also referred to as BIR in French, and the Multipurpose Intervention Group of the Gendarmerie are both parts of the Special Forces. Their deployment coincides with the start of the school year and the prospect of violence from Anglophone separatists. The government plans to use the Special Forces to deploy the appropriate security measures in schools, which have previously been attacked by Anglophone armed groups in the two unrest-ridden English-speaking areas.