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World Rebel attacks kill 15 soldiers, civilians in western Cameroon

01:20  21 september  2021
01:20  21 september  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Fifteen soldiers and several civilians have died in two attacks in English-speaking western areas of Cameroon in the grip of a breakaway campaign, the defence ministry said. Heavily armed “terrorists” ambushed a convoy of elite rapid intervention forces at Bamessing in the Northwest Region on Some 4,000 have been killed in the conflict. In addition to separatists, rights groups have said that abuses have been committed by security forces. Government forces have raided villages, burning homes and arbitrarily arresting and killing dozens of civilians , according to local and international NGOs.

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Fifteen soldiers and several civilians have died in two attacks in English-speaking western areas of Cameroon in the grip of a breakaway campaign, the defence ministry said.

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Heavily armed “terrorists” ambushed a convoy of elite rapid intervention forces at Bamessing in the Northwest Region on September 16, the ministry statement said on Monday.

“Using IED (improvised explosive devices) and an anti-tank rocket launcher, the insurgents immobilised the vehicles [in the convoy] before opening heavy fire on the latter,” it added.

Another IED hit a military convoy at Kumbo, in the same region, on September 12.

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Cameroon has admitted that soldiers acting alongside a militia shot dead 13 civilians , including 10 children, in the restive north- west of the country. Officials had initially denied the army was involved in the killings in Ntumbo in February. In a statement, Cameroon 's presidency said three soldiers along with members of a vigilante group had stormed a separatist rebel base. Cameroon 's government has been fighting separatists in the region for three years. At the time of the attack , the UN said 23 people had been killed including 15 children and two pregnant women.

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The defence ministry noted “the existence of links and exchanges of sophisticated weaponry” between “secessionist terrorists” and “other terrorist entities operating beyond the borders”, including hardline groups.

The more-than-four-year-old Anglophone conflict in Cameron began when government forces used lethal force to put down peaceful rallies by lawyers and teachers protesting against perceived marginalisation by the country’s majority Francophone government.

In response, dozens of armed separatist groups formed to fight for an independent nation they called Ambazonia.

More than 700,000 people have fled their homes, according to the UN. Some 4,000 have been killed in the conflict.

In addition to separatists, rights groups have said that abuses have been committed by security forces.

Government forces have raided villages, burning homes and arbitrarily arresting and killing dozens of civilians, according to local and international NGOs.

In Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest region, armed groups have choked off the city by taking control of most of its main access roads, according to a recent UN report.

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