In Cameroon’s southwest region, on Thursday, an attack attributed to separatist rebels claimed the lives of at least three persons. Witnesses recounted how armed militants halted vehicles, fired upon passengers, and ignited vehicles in the early hours of the day.
Two victims perished as their car was set ablaze, while a third victim was fatally shot.
In the village of Muea, located in the South West region, curious residents assembled around the remnants of a burned-out car on Thursday. Two men were seen extracting a body, shrouded in a blanket, from the vehicle.
Since 2017, separatist groups operating in the English-speaking minority regions of Cameroon have been engaged in a conflict with the aim of establishing an independent state known as Ambazonia. These separatist factions have been responsible for a series of attacks, kidnappings, and killings primarily occurring in the North West and South West regions of the country.
The attack occurred only a few days after schools had resumed classes following an extended holiday period.
In 2017, insurgents initiated armed conflict with the Cameroonian military in response to the violent suppression of civilian protests that had called for increased representation and rights for the English-speaking minority in the predominantly Francophone country.