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Six Killed In Suspected Separatist Attack On Bus In Southwest Cameroon

The attack on the bus comes just a day after schools in the region were declared open by the government.

The Cameroonian government has condemned the killing of six bus passengers by suspected Anglophone separatists in the Southwest region. 

Tuesday’s ambush on a bus travelling from the financial capital Douala came just a day after the Cameroonian government opened schools, closed by the threat of violence from separatists.

Eight people were wounded in the attack, which happened in the Muyuka sub-division of the region, as the bus headed to Kumba.  

The Minister of Communication Rene Emmanuel Sadi said the government “condemned in the strongest terms, this cowardly and ignoble attack perpetrated against innocent civilians by terrorists, who have lost all their humanity, with a view to instilling terror among the populations and compromising the reopening of schools in the Southwest region.”

Five of the people killed were named as Oba Dilonga, Tabi Enow, Achidi Abel, Yancho Francis Neba, and the driver, identified only as Kenneth. One body remained unidentified at the regional hospital in Buea.

The eight wounded, six women and two men, were named as Mongo Moungoage, Ngoyana Bridget, Stella Tangin, Fonba Sharon, Ayake Menye, Tantyi Tracy, Randy Essoh, and Michel Chi.

The statement from the ministry concluded: “By calling on the populations not to give in to intimidation, nor threats of all kinds, the government wishes to assure of its determination to do everything to restore and consolidate peace and security in the Northwest and Southwest regions.”

Separatist groups have not commented, but a clip purporting to show the aftermath of the attack has been circulated on social media.

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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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