Anglophone Crisis: Cameroon military spokesperson justifies killing of four teenage boys, more casualties as military raid villages

Anglophone Crisis: Cameroon military spokesperson justifies killing of four teenage boys, more casualties as military raid villages

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The depth of crimes committed in the Anglophone regions increases as the days go by. Activities carried out in the regions by both separatists and the Cameroon military have left the innocent to suffer. More boys are being arrested, more women lose their husbands and children. Children are being orphaned with barely nothing to eat or shelter. Despite calls for a truce by several international and national bodies, the calls seem to fall on deaf ears.

Pinyin is a village in Mezam Division Santa Sub-division of the Northwest Region of Cameroon.  On Wednesday 27th Pinyin was raided by element of the Cameroon defense forces.  In a video circulating online villagers, mostly women and children are seen fleeing from the village to the bush. Heavy gunshots animated in the raid.

An extrajudicial killing carried out in Bamenda on January 24th left four teenage boys dead. The form five students whose names we got as Salle Sadam, Ngalim Aloysius, Nelly and Brain were allegedly shot by the Cameroonian military. Following the widespread condemnation from inhabitants of Bamenda, Cameroon military spokesperson, Cyril Atonfack in a release explained that, “As military vehicles approached, these armed individuals, were taken by surprise and immediately opened fire on the elements of Defense Forces, who provided an energetic and appropriate response”. The release further explained that, “The confrontation led to 4 terrorists neutralized, several others injured and on the run while tens of M21 and FAL type weapons were retrieved”. A claim that has been refuted by denizens of Bamenda, saying the boys were no terrorist and never associated themselves with separatists’ fighters.

Local Explosives

Explosion of local bombs in the conflict hit regions is now as rampant as hearing gunshots. Bombs believed to have been fabricated by separatist fighters, exploded twice in Limbe Southwest region of Cameroon. Limbe is one of the host cities of the ongoing African Nations Championship in Cameroon. The bomb explosion in “Isokolo old Road Entrance” reportedly injured 3 officers on duty. Another explosion was reported in Bamenda around Azeri New Church junction in the early hours of January 27th. The bomb was stationed where police officers are positioned for control.

Apart from Killings and bomb blasts, kidnapping is another bitter pill to swallow. On Thursday, 28th of January, secondary school students were kidnapped in Oku Bui division of the Northwest region. The whereabouts of the students is still to be known.

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