At least five people were killed in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking region of Southwest during renewed violence that erupted on Tuesday, local authorities said on Wednesday.
Officials said the chief of Eshobi village and four other young people died from “multiple machete wounds” after armed separatists attacked the village.
“The boys (armed separatists) came with guns and machetes and murdered them in front of the villagers. They accused the four boys and the chief of conniving with government forces to disclose their location,” Justin Eyong, a resident of the village who witnessed the incident told Xinhua, adding that hundreds of villagers have escaped to the bushes.
The Prefect of Meme Division, Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong said the killing of the five people was a “very serious crime” and the perpetrators must be punished.
Government forces and armed separatists have been clashing since 2017 in Cameroon’s two Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest where separatists want to establish an independent nation they called “Ambazonia”. Enditem