Yaounde,August 1:Cameroon has deported more than 2,000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources said.
Regional newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel reported yesterday that about 2,500 Nigerians had been "rounded up" in Kousseri, in the far north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday.
The weekly posted a photo on its Facebook page showing several departing trucks crammed with hundreds of passengers.
A source close to regional authorities confirmed that "more than 2,000 'irregular' Nigerians have been expelled from Kousseri".
Mey Aly, an official from a local NGO, said that most of the Nigerians "had fled the atrocities of Boko Haram" to take refuge in Cameroon.
Thursday's deportations came just a day after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram.
Buhari and Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya pledged to strengthen cooperation between their two countries in the fight against the insurgents.
Between July 12 and July 25, Cameroon's far north, on the border with Boko Haram's Nigerian strongholds, suffered three suicide attacks two in the regional capital, Maroua leaving at least 44 people dead.
The Cameroonian border post at Kousseri which has been hit by two suicide attacks since June occupies a strategic position, with just a bridge separating it from Chad's capital N'Djamena.