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Security Forces Avert Violent Protest In Northwest Cameroon

The tension, which has erupted into restive anger, started on Monday, July 25, when the lifeless bodies of three Fulani youths were found in the bushes in Zonghofu-Wenduo.

Youths in the town of Wum, Cameroon’s restive English-speaking Northwest region, went on the rampage Tuesday, July 26, morning, storming the town’s grandstand carrying sticks and machetes.

 Security forces have been drafted to help calm down tempers as the Aghem youths accuse a faction of Muslim youths of regular attacks on some local communities.

 The tension, which has erupted into restive anger, started on Monday, July 25, when the lifeless bodies of three Fulani youths were found in the bushes in Zonghofu-Wenduo.

 On the discovery of the lifeless bodies of the Fulani youths, some youths swung into action against some Aghem youths whom they suspected of being responsible for the deaths of their relatives.

“The youths wounded a good number of persons, some of whom are now in the intensive care unit of the Wum district hospital with latest updates saying one of the wounded persons has died,” a local source told HumAngle.

 The Aghem youths say they decided to take action to put an end to the repeated molestation of local community youths by youths in the area.

 Local security sources say the current tension dates back to the beginning of the Anglophone separatist struggle when separatist fighters are said to have attacked local Mbororo herders and looted their cattle. 

The herders, in return, are reported to have started giving tacit support to security forces in their fight against the separatists, some of whom are local youths.


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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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