No fewer than seven people have been killed after armed separatists attacked a village in the African nation of Cameroon’s western French-speaking region on Sunday.
Gov. Awa Fonka Augustine of the West region said the separatists from the country’s troubled English-speaking northwest region crossed over early Sunday, targeting security post in Galim village.
Both officers and civilians were killed in the attack.
“Our forces are in search of the attackers who from every indication were out to seize weapons and ammunition from the forces,” the governor said.
Separatists from Cameroon’s English speaking region have been fighting since 2017 with the aim of establishing an independent English-speaking state in the majority French-speaking country.
According to the United Nations, the conflict has left more than 3,000 people dead and forced half a million to flee to French-speaking regions of Cameroon or into neighbouring Nigeria.