Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Six Killed By Cameroon Secessionists

Militants seeking independence for Cameroon’s English-speaking regions killed four soldiers and two policemen in attacks, President Paul Biya said, vowing to eliminate the secessionists as a threat to peace.

Dozens of civilians have been killed since October, after government cracked down on members of a movement protesting perceived marginalisation by Cameroon’s Francophone-dominated government.

The repression drove many into the arms of a once-fringe separatist movement, which launched a series of deadly raids ahead of presidential elections in 2018.

“I think things are now clear to everyone. Cameroon is the victim of repeated attacks,” Biya said as he arrived home from a summit of European Union and African leaders in Ivory Coast.
Six Killed By Cameroon Secessionists
“Faced with these attacks of aggression, I assure the Cameroonian people all measures are being taken to end these criminals’ ability to do harm,” he said.

Two secessionist leaders confirmed the movement carried out the first raid, in Mamfe, near the border with Nigeria in Cameroon’s Southwest Region, in which four soldiers were killed.

“One of the main objectives is to clear checkpoints they have put on our roads. They are the symbols of occupation,” Ben Kuah, the chairman of the defence wing of the Ambazonian Governing Council (AGC), told a Reuters reporter in Dakar.

The separatists claim to have looted weapons during the raid.

Ambazonia is the name the separatists have given to the homeland they hope to create.

“We will dismantle all military outposts used to prosecute the occupation of our homeland,” said Cho Ayaba, another leading member of the AGC.

Two police officers were killed in a similar attack the following night in the nearby Out. Separatist leaders were not immediately available to comment on that raid.

Cameroon’s language divide is a legacy of World War One, when the League of Nations split the former German colony of Kamerun between allied French and British victors. The two entities were reunited following independence. www.defenceweb.co.za
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