Cameroon English-speaking separatists attack town, kidnap 15

2018-12-25 17:56
iStock

iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A regional governor in Cameroon says armed English-speaking separatists attacked a French-speaking town, killing one person, kidnapping 15 others and burning 86 homes in the country's restive North West region.

Governor Augustine Awah Fonka said the attack on Sunday and Monday was the second on the town of Bangourain.

Abdouramann Njowir, a resident, said the attackers called the recent release of nearly 300 suspected separatists who had been jailed for almost a year without trial "a provocation." He said the separatists shouted for the release of their leader, who remains in prison and may face the death penalty.

Cameroon's English-speaking separatists have been protesting what they call discrimination and marginalisation by the French-speaking majority since 2016. Their protests were initially peaceful, but some separatists have begun waging a violent campaign.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    cameroon  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.