What started as peaceful protests by lawyers and teachers of Cameroon’s English-speaking regions of the North-West and South-West in 2016, have deteroriated into deadly clashes between the Cameroon military and several armed separatist groups.
Over the weekend, atleast four police were killed and several others injured when an improvised explosive device was detonated in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking region of the South West, near the district of Eyumojock. Officials say the bomb was detonated by “armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law”.
Although no separatist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, this would mark their first deadly bomb strike.
According to the UN, atleast 436,000 have been internally displaced by the on-going crisis in Anglophone Cameroon, while more than 30,000 have fled to neighbouring Nigeria since September last year.
Cameroon’s English-speaking minority have complained for years about marginalisation they face from Cameroon’s majority French-speaking government. The Central African country which is a former German colony was divided between France and Britian by the League of Nations after the first World War.