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22 killed in attack on Cameroon village

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

An attack on a village in north-west Cameroon has led to the death of at least 22 people, among them children.

The attack in the town of Ntumbo, according to local media report is yet to be attributed to a particular group.

Most of the victims were burned alive in Friday’s attack according to reports.

James Nunan, an official from the UN’s humanitarian co-ordination agency Ocha revealed that a pregnant woman and fourteen children were among the dead.

Mr Nunan later told the BBC that the incident has “terrified” the local population.

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“Whichever group has done this has threatened that there will be more violence ahead,” he said adding “The people we’ve spoken with are extremely traumatised and didn’t expect this.”

Opposition parties, separatists groups and the army have all denied carrying out the attack.

One of the country’s main opposition parties – The Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon said in a statement that “the dictatorial regime” and the head of Cameroon’s security forces are to blame for the attack.

A leader of the separatist movement, Agbor Mballa claimed that “state defence forces were responsible” but the army has rejected those claims.

The conflict in Cameroon especially in north-western Cameroon, mostly English speaking population has displaced thousands.

Separatists in this region are fighting for independence but the army continues to crackdown on these groups.

More than 3,000 people have died since the outbreak of fighting with both sides carrying out attacks that have caught civilians in cross-fire.




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