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Gunmen kill at least 20 in attack in Cameroon


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Published November 07,2023


Suspected separatists opened hearth and set a number of houses ablaze in an assault Monday in town of Mamfe in southwest Cameroon, killing no less than 20 individuals and injuring many others, stated native authorities.

“Early this morning, we woke up to a terrible tragedy…At around 3 a.m. (0200GMT) on Monday Nov. 6, 2023, compatriots were the victims of a major secessionist attack in Egbekaw district, one of Mamfe’s oldest neighborhoods. At least 20 people were massacred. We’ve already discovered 20 charred bodies,” prefect Viang Mekala advised the press.

He declared it “inadmissible” to assault the inhabitants on this manner.

Nfor Tabe, an area conventional authority within the Central African nation, additionally promised a response to the alleged secessionists.

“This time, we’re going to tell the women and men to use tradition openly to try and stop this situation once and for all,” he stated.

Mamfe’s hospital obtained round 10 victims in intensive care, in accordance with nationwide tv station CRTV, which reported that youngsters and pregnant ladies have been among the many useless.

When contacted by Anadolu, Mamfe Mayor Tabenchong Robertson Ashu stated a search is constant to see if there are every other victims and the demise toll might rise.

Several media retailers and native sources reported the next demise toll.

A resident of Mamfe advised Anadolu by telephone that 52 persons are useless and others are critically injured and hospitalized.

Speaking on situation of anonymity, he stated that most of the victims who had seen their houses burnt down and people afraid of additional assaults have been on the streets, not realizing the place to spend the night time.

“This tragedy occurred just as the military were crisscrossing the city to mark Nov. 6, the 41st anniversary of (President) Paul Biya’s seizure of power,” he added.

For him, this assault comes as no shock. He recalled that separatists at all times reap the benefits of main nationwide occasions to mark their presence and assault the inhabitants.

The nation’s South-West and North-West areas have been ravaged by the Anglophone disaster since late October 2016.

The English-speaking minority of this bilingual nation who’re principally concentrated in these two areas feels marginalized by the French-speaking half.

The so-called “Anglophone crisis” has claimed greater than 6,000 lives and compelled greater than 1,000,000 individuals to maneuver, in accordance with the non-governmental group the International Crisis Group (ICG).

Source: www.anews.com.tr

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