Cameroonian authorities call for calm after police kill school girl

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Authorities in English-speaking region of Northwest appealed for calm on Friday after a police officer killed a seven-year-old school girl.

The incident took place around 12:30 local time in Bamenda, the region’s chief town.

The police officer opened fire on a vehicle that was escaping a security checkpoint, but the bullet hit the school girl identified as Brandy Tataw, according to witnesses who spoke to Xinhua.

The region’s governor, Adolphe Lele L’Afrique, said the government was saddened by the event.

“Investigations are going on … the policeman has been remanded in custody and after the investigations he will be strongly sanctioned if it is confirmed after the autopsy that it is his gunshot that killed the young girl,” L’Afrique told reporters in Bamenda on Friday.

Thousands of protesters paraded the street of the city with the corpse of the girl, but the protest turned violent and a protester was killed by security forces who attempted to defuse tension, witnesses told Xinhua by phone.

On Oct. 14, a five-year-old girl was shot dead by a gendarmerie officer when her vehicle was escaping a security checkpoint in the Southwest region of the country.

Cameroon’s two Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest have been experiencing an armed separatist conflict since 2017. Enditem

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