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Fresh violence in Cameroon leaves ‘Five police’ killed

Five police have been killed in violence in western Cameroon over the weekend, where English-speaking separatists have declared an independent state, reports AFP news agency quoting security sources and witnesses.

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AFP says four security force officials were killed in Esu village in the North-West Region on Sunday morning when their unit came under attack.

The same day, a police officer was killed by unidentified attackers at his home in the Mutengene, near the South-West region’s capital of Buea.

The division between Cameroon’s French-speaking majority and its English-speaking minority has its roots in the colonial era – when the former German colony was divided between Britain and France after World War I.

Cameroon later became a federation of two states – one English-speaking, the other French-speaking – under one president. Some people in the Anglophone regions want to return to this model, while others are calling for an independent, breakaway state. Both ideas have been ruled out by President Paul Biya.

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Cameroon’s Anglophone regions – the North-West and South-West – are home to a fifth of the country’s population. Photo: BBC

While there have been long-held grievances among some, this recent wave of protests by English-speaking Cameroonians, which began in 2016 against perceived discrimination and dominance by the Francophone majority, has increasingly turned violent.

Dozens of police and troops have been killed, as well as more than 100 civilians, according to a government report in July.

At least 21,000 people have fled across the border into Nigeria, and the UN estimates that a further 160,000 are displaced within Cameroon. Many others are still hiding in the forest.

Aid agencies’ efforts to assist civilians have been frustrated by the struggle to access conflict areas.


CREDIT: All images used in this report, except otherwise indicated above, including the cover photo was taken and own by Journal du Cameroun.


SOURCE: This story was first published on BBC Africa website, and still retain the copyright of this content and all it’s images, except others indicated.

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