LAGOS, Nigeria – Over the weekend, eight people were killed and several others injured last Saturday in Ekona, a local community in the Southwest, one of the two distressed English-speaking regions of Cameroon, local sources confirmed.
“I personally saw over eight corpses, mostly men and a woman. They were lying in the bush. All of them were shot at close range,” a resident who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed.
According the latest news from the area, there have been conflicting reports of the identity of the victims.
A few armed separatists claimed that all those killed were Cameroonian civilians shot by government forces, but the army has since denied the allegation, saying the victims were separatists that the army killed in a counter-attack.
“The army received intel (intelligence) of the presence of several terrorists (separatists) in the locality and ambushed them on their way to attack a village. They opened fire the moment they discovered our position and we retaliated. About 10 of them were neutralized and others escaped with serious injuries,” an army source said.
Since late 2017, the Cameroonian government forces have been clashing with armed separatist forces who want the two English-speaking regions of the country’s Northwest and Southwest to secede from the largely French-speaking West African nation and form a new country called “Ambazonia.”