Attack at bar in anglophone Cameroon leaves two dead

Authorities in Cameroon’s anglophone regions reported that armed attackers killed two individuals and injured 11 others in a recent assault.

These regions, primarily English-speaking, have been embroiled in conflict since separatists declared independence in 2017, stemming from long-standing grievances over perceived discrimination by the francophone majority.

President Paul Biya, in power for over four decades, has maintained a firm stance against calls for greater autonomy, responding instead with a crackdown.

The latest incident occurred late Saturday at a bar in Bamenda, the main city in the Northwest region, according to a statement from local authorities.

The attackers, described as an “armed terrorist group on motorbikes,” launched two explosive grenades before fleeing the scene, as per the statement released on Monday.

In response, authorities imposed a ban on motorbike use in the central area of Bamenda from 6:30 pm to 6:30 am local time until further notice.

Officials in the Mezam department, where Bamenda is situated, condemned the attack as a “barbaric act on civilians” and called on the public to collaborate with authorities and security forces to identify and apprehend the perpetrators.

Both separatist groups and government forces have been accused of committing atrocities since the conflict erupted at the end of 2016.

Human Rights Watch estimates that since then, at least 6,000 civilians have lost their lives in clashes involving both government and separatist forces.

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