Round twenty individuals, together with ladies and kids, have been killed on Monday in a brand new assault on a village by English-speaking separatists in western Cameroon, the place these rebels and the military have been combating one another for seven years, the federal government mentioned.
The tragedy occurred in the course of the evening within the village of Egbekaw (South-West area). “Greater than twenty males, ladies and kids have been killed, it is unacceptable”, Victor Arrey-Nkongho, Minister answerable for the Workplace of the President of the Republic, advised state radio Mengot.
For the reason that finish of 2016, a lethal battle has pitted pro-independence armed teams in opposition to the safety forces, every accused of crimes in opposition to civilians by worldwide NGOs and the UN, within the North-West and South-West areas, populated primarily by the English-speaking minority of this predominantly French-speaking Central African nation.
In the course of the evening, “the terrorists” attacked “utilizing firearms and conventional weapons, leaving round twenty individuals lifeless and 7 severely injured, and round ten homes burnt down”, Viang Mekala, the prefect of Manyu division, the place Egbekaw is positioned, advised state radio.
The state media attributed the assault to separatist rebels systematically known as “terrorists” by the authorities.-
Biya, 41 years in energy –
“It occurred at 4am. Younger males with weapons got here and shot on the inhabitants who have been asleep of their homes and set hearth to an entire block of homes,” a resident of the village, who requested anonymity for safety causes, advised AFP by phone.
“We have already pulled 23 individuals out of the rubble, a few of whom we won’t even recognise due to the fireplace”, he continued.
“We predict it is linked to six November, the anniversary of President Paul Biya’s accession to energy”, mentioned the resident, who added that “a gathering of the RDPC (Rassemblement Démocratique du Peuple Camerounais, the omnipotent presidential get together) was scheduled to happen close by”.
Cameroon, which has a inhabitants of almost 30 million, has been dominated with an iron fist for 41 years to the day by 90-year-old President Paul Biya.