Six killed in anti-separatism military operation in Cameroon’s restive anglophone region
YAOUNDE – At least six people were killed and several others injured early Sunday during an anti-separatism military operation in Ekona, a locality in Southwest, one of Cameroon’s two war-torn English-speaking regions, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting local sources.
The army searched for secessionist-terrorists in the bushes and found them there. Most of those killed had been terrorising the people, a military source who opted for anonymity told Xinhua.
However, there were conflicting reports of who committed the act. Locals claimed that they were shot by government forces.
“The six people including two children are members of the same family. They were hiding from the army in the bush when they were shot dead. The corpses are still scattered in the bush,” a local resident who asked not to be named told Xinhua.
Since November 2017, government forces have been clashing with armed separatist forces who want the two English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest to secede from the largely French-speaking nation and form a new country called “Ambazonia”. – BERNAMA