Four injured in explosion during International Women’s Day celebration in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region

Cameroon and Chad

At least four members of Cameroon’s security forces were “seriously” injured after an improvised explosive device exploded during celebrations of the International Women’s Day in Bamenda, chief town of the country’s restive English-speaking region of Northwest, according to local police.

Police said, those injured included two soldiers and two policemen. No civilian was injured in the explosion. Celebrations came to a standstill after the device exploded meters away from the ceremonial ground, according to eyewitnesses. “The noise from the explosion was very loud. The governor who was addressing women stopped immediately when it (device) exploded. The women were really scared,” a witness who was attending the celebrations told Xinhua. She asked not to be named.

Security sources said the device was planted by armed separatists who have been fighting to establish an independent nation in the two Anglophone regions of the country.Separatists have not claimed responsibility of the attack.

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