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11 University Students Injured During Cameroon Bomb Explosion

University of Buea Vice-chancellor, Horace Ngomo Manga, said the device fell and exploded, injuring one boy and 10 girls.

Eleven students were injured when a homemade bomb was thrown through the roof of a university lecture hall in Cameroon.

The incident happened on Wednesday Nov. 10, 2021 in the english-speaking region of the country, gripped with ongoing separatist conflicts. 

Horace Ngomo Manga, University of Buea Vice-chancellor, told the state radio CRTV that “the device fell to the ground and exploded” injuring one boy and 10 girls.

He said the victims are in a stable condition.

According to an AFP report, the Vice-chancellor did not elaborate on the nature of the bomb or who might have thrown it.

“A decades-long campaign by militants to redress perceived discrimination at the hands of the francophone majority flared into a declaration of independence on October 1, 2017, sparking a crackdown by security forces.”

“The conflict has claimed more than 3,500 lives and forced 700,000 people to flee their homes, according to NGO estimates that have not been updated in more than a year despite an escalation in violence in recent months.” the report read.

According to the report, Wednesday’s bombing has not been claimed by either the anglophone separatists or the francophone. However anglophone separatists have launched continued attacks on schools and universities which they accuse of favouring French-language education.

Buea is the capital of Cameroon’s Southwest region. Both the Southwest and Northwest regions are mainly English-speaking in the otherwise predominantly French-speaking central African country.

The separatists have also recently ramped up attacks on the country’s armed forces using improvised explosive devices.

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