13 militants killed in military offensive in Cameroon’s troubled Anglophone region

Cameroon and Chad

At least 13 armed militants were killed and many wounded as Cameroon military launched a campaign against armed separatists in Kikaikom in restive English-speaking region of Northwest, Cameroon army said on Monday.

“The attacks took place in three camps simultaneously. Arms and munitions were seized during the attacks. Two security forces sustained minor injuries,” the Cameroon army said in a statement on Monday.

Kikaikom is known to harbour and train hundreds of separatist fighters in bushes and villages, according to security reports. The operation began Saturday and is continuing, villagers trapped in the conflict told Xinhua.

On Sunday, separatist leaders announced one of their key commanders known as “General Chacha” was killed in the military offensive. Troops continued to hunt for fleeing separatist fighters and increased onslaught against them on Monday, security sources said.

The militants have vowed to interrupt the general elections expected to take place next month. Some 700 soldiers have been deployed to the two Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest to ensure security before, during and after the legislative and municipal poll. Enditem

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