Friday, 27 January 2017

Cameroon military recruitment drill leaves 10 dead and 70 injured

French language daily newspaper, Mutations reported Thursday, citing several sources, that at least 10 young people died at a military recruitment in Maroua in the Far North Cameroon.

The recruits who were all between 18 and 23 years old, reportedly incurred varied fractures during “a particularly tough” physical exercise to recruit commandos into the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), an elite unit that fights terrorism and high banditry.

Cameroon army spokesperson Didier Badjeck was not reachable at the time of this report, but it was not the first time such an incident was reported during a military recruitment in the country.

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