UNICEF

dpa/GNA – At least 15 civilians, including children, were killed in a suicide attack in Cameroon’s northern Mozogo town, UNICEF said Saturday.

Five children between the ages of 3 and 14 were killed, and six children aged 9 to 16 were gravely injured, the UN children’s fund said in a statement condemning the Friday attack.

UNICEF director Henrietta Fore said she was deeply concerned about a rise in attacks against civilians in the far north, north-west and south-west regions of Cameroon.

An estimated 3.2 million children are now in need across the country, Fore said.

Cameroon has been troubled by unrest and attacks on civilians since the two Anglophone areas announced in late 2016 that they wished to secede and form a new country called Ambazonia.

English speakers have long complained of being treated like second-class citizens and receiving less government funding in Cameroon, which is mostly French-speaking.

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