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Cameroon Troops Kill Separatist Leader, Leke Olivier

‘Field Marshall’ Leke Olivier Fongunueh, leader of the Red Dragons of Lebialem in the Southwest region, has been announced dead many times by the Cameroonian army.

The Cameroon army has announced that its troops had killed notorious Anglophone separatist fighter, ‘Field Marshall’ Leke Olivier Fongunueh, leader of the Red Dragons of Lebialem in the Southwest region.

According to a statement by the Cameroon army, Field Marshall was killed on Tuesday, July 12, in an ambush by Cameroonian defence and security forces with the collaboration of the local population.

The commander of the Red Dragons has been in the crosshairs of the Cameroonian military for the past five years. He is one of the most feared separatist fighters in the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions.

Fongunueh was suspected to be the mastermind of several murderous attacks, including the burning down of schools and attacks on teachers and school children to enforce a Boko Haram-style school boycott.

The military has repeatedly announced the killing of the Field Marshall, but this time, his death seems real as the army said it would display his corpse for the population to see.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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