Cameroon Decries Beheading of Government Troops by Suspected Separatists

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON VOA | There has been widespread condemnation in Cameroon of the killing and beheading of government troops and civilians, including an influential cleric, by suspected separatist fighters. Cameroonian officials say June was the bloodiest month of the year, with more than 40 people killed and 70 houses torched.

Cameroon’s military says it was involved in at least 30 heavy gun battles with separatists in June. A military spokesman said Anglophone rebels massacred several dozen civilians and tried to blame the military. The statement by Army Captain Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo also said three troops were killed and beheaded in Bamali, an English-speaking northwestern village two weeks ago.

Atonfack said on Cameroon state radio, CRTV, that many army vehicles were destroyed but did not give details on how many troops were killed. Local media, such as Vision 4 TV and Canal 2 International, reported that at least 40 troops, separatist fighters and civilians were killed in Cameroon’s English-speaking North-West and South-West Regions in June.

Deben Tchoffo, governor of Cameroon’s North-West Region, says several civilians including a Muslim cleric were accused of collaborating with the military and beheaded. Tchoffo says many civilians were killed by homemade bombs that are increasingly used by separatist fighters.

He says he has ordered the military to adopt different strategies to respond to new forms of separatist attacks, such as the use of improvised bombs that cause huge casualties among civilians and government troops. He says the military has been deployed to stop fighters. He says village chiefs, the clergy and militias created by civilians should assist the military by sharing information on possible separatist hideouts.

Tchoffo says it will be difficult for the military to restore peace if civilians refuse to collaborate with the military for fear of being targeted by separatist fighters.

Capo Daniel is a self-proclaimed deputy defense chief of the Ambazonia Defense Forces, a rebel group in Cameroon’s western regions. He says fighters have reviewed their strategy and are increasingly planting bombs on roads used by the military.

“It has been close to a year now since the Cameroon military introduced armored personnel carriers and armored vehicles, so our forces [separatist fighters] on the ground have adapted and they are now using improvised explosive devices to target those armored personnel carriers and armored vehicles. We have used those weapons in Kumbo in Melim, in Jakiri, in Nkar, Takijah area there and going towards Ndu. We are in the middle of a war,” he said.

Cameroon’s military said it detonated 30 IEDs planted by fighters in 14 northwestern towns and villages including Melim, Jakiri and Nkar.

Civilians said the military torched houses in villages and towns where bombs were planted, accusing civilians of collaborating with fighters by not reporting them.

The military said it remained professional and accused separatist fighters of what it called atrocities.

Cameroonian NGOs, churches and political parties including the opposition Social Democratic Front and the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement have condemned the killing and beheading. The SDF described June as the bloodiest month this year in Cameroon.

Fabrice Lena is secretary general of the Popular Action Party and coordinator of the NGO African Peoples Foundation, which protects civilians in conflict. He blames both the military and separatist fighters for abuses on civilians.

“Violence in all its forms is unacceptable. Beheading is gross human rights violation, and we have to understand that whatever thing that people do, they are going to face the law, face justice because we are very sure that we [Cameroonians] are going to set up a truth, justice and reconciliation commission that will investigate into the crimes that have been committed by whosoever. So we condemn all sorts of killing, violence, beheading and burning of houses by separatist or the military. It is unacceptable,” Lena said.

Violence erupted in 2017 in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions when teachers and lawyers protested alleged discrimination at the hands of the French-speaking majority.

The United Nations says 3,000 people have been killed and more than 750,000 displaced in Cameroon’s French-speaking towns and in neighboring Nigeria.

The Norwegian Refugee Council reports that Cameroon tops its annual list of the world’s most neglected displacement crises.

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27 comments

  1. In the face of hopelessness, fear, oppression, discrimination, and injustice, Southern Cameroonians must defend themselves and their fatherland.

    Simply put, to use the words of Thomas Jefferson, “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

    Case study 1: CrTv

    Recently 17 directors were appointed in this entity.ZERO Anglophones were amongst them. 12 were from the Beti regions.
    To add insults to injuroies, Charles Ndongo said competence was the basis for the appointments. Simply put, Anglophones were NOT competent to become doirectors.

    Case study 2: Tom Sawyer

    This unfortunate person was the first person to be beheaded on camera by LRC terrorists. It is therefore hypocritical for the GOC to cry foul whenever Amba boys emulate the crimes of LRC terrorists

    • You’re full of shit brainwashed brat. Stop parading yourself because bullets never discriminates. Nemesis is just hovering around .
      So be rest assured as the day dwindles to occupy the dragnet.

      • Morocco…………..4 (1+1+1+1 = 4)
        LRC………………….0 (ZEROOOOOOO-hahahahihihihohoho)

        CONCLUSION

        1. The ancestors of VICTORIA humiliated LRC PANTS ON FIRE for violating the territorial integrity of SC
        2. The ancestors of VICTORIA have vowed to humiliate LRC UNDERWEARS ON FIRE in 2022 if LRC dares to violate the territorial integrity of SC
        3. UNDERWEARS ON FIRE means 8 goals for the opponent to ZERO for LRC
        4. DO NOT SAY THAT YOU WERE NOT WARNED
        5. SHAME ON DICTATOR BIYA
        6. SHAME ON LRC, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME
        7, LRC is ruled by the most corrupt, dishonest, faithless, deceitful, arrogant, foolish, stupid, despicable, evil, demonic and insensitive CRIMINALS on planet earth.
        8. The UNWINNABLE WAR CONTINUES
        9. BYE BYE LRC, BUEA HERE WE COME
        10. Allahu Akbar !!!!

        GENUG IST GENUG

      • “Repentant Ambazonian General, Nambere has raised an alarm of an assassination attempt on him by the military. He revealed that he was almost killed by Cameroonian soldiers in Ndian whom he believes are trying to kill him and blame on the Amba Fighters.”

        * MY TAKE *

        NAMBERE ain’t seen nothing yet.

        He is now a de facto prisoner in LRC since his passport has been seized.It is simply a question of WHEN and not IF he will be killed by LRC terrorists since he has the blood of at least 56 BULU terrorists on his hands..
        General made an error of judgement to abandon his family in Nigeria and went to LRC. LRC IS EVIL.

  2. They can lie all they want,but he who pulled the trigger first and declared war on innocent civilians shouldn’t cry fowl when the civilians rise to protect themselves.
    Furthermore it isn’t a secret that the so called unitary state was designed by the french to enslave us,and we saw no need to be in it anymore.
    I had said it here time and again that lrc is no threat to us.our boys will continue to improvise and send more body bags across the mungo.our freedom is nonnegotiable.lrc should be prepared for more bloody months ahead if their killers don’t leave our civilians alone and retreat to their country.

  3. All this dumb military can do now, is rise agains the dictator and his cronies. That is the
    wisest thing a good military does. Why are they dying like fools and suffering like slaves,
    when they have what it takes, to put the country on track from a rogue regime? Or, are
    they robots to be used like tools?

  4. Graffi people are barbarians.
    This culture is so retarded.
    The white man in 1884 pour together people that should have never been together.
    Let us all fight for community fédéralism and all will be good for all.
    Each community will rule itself

    • Yet Ekang people cut off their wives leg for a mere spaghetti. Villageoise. Corrupt looting thieves only know how to empty public treasury. Your kind even steal money earmarked for Covid pandemic. How heartless! The French gave you Beti-Bulu power undemocratically because you are dull and easy to control. It’s no open secret that your kind fantasize boozing in manjunga than taking stock of gods governance. Such a curse the day you criminals were handpicked to govern such a resource rich country.

    • All cameroonians are so retarded .

  5. For ever young

    On the contrary the beti-bulu are the barbarians and the worst ethnic group in Cameroon ,even a fool can bare witnesses in that statement, under the leadership of the northerner Cameroon was a prosperous nation compared with beti chop broke pot, Animals sent military with guns to kill and rape innocent boys and girls in Buea humiliating some like pigs to roll over sewage dirty water because u know we never have weapons to fight back useless barbarians wicked people , our Graffi brothers stood up without weapons to inspired everyone fight back u animals from the forest reasons why u hate them so much because they’re giving u bush pigs a thirst of your own medicine and GoD willing we the children of West Cameroon shall continue resistance until freedom in dis GoD forbidden union with LRC

    • That’s exactly what we want.
      We don’t give a [email protected]$$t about you graffi pigs /
      We need to separate from each other
      Not compatible at all you you guys.
      1884 was the bad luck year for all of us

      • as retarded as a BETI-BULU..
        people were given money for over 40 years but cant even build a road and good housing..These BETI-BuLu are even lower in IQ than Gorillas and Chimps..Thats why we call them chop broke pot..The laziest black race, the most noncreative black folks pon earth..Dirty and inhygienic folks..
        All they can do is dance, drink wine and sex..
        You give them diplomatic passports and all they can do in GENEVA is prostitution..
        These BETI-BULU idiots have taken cameroon 200 years behind…
        When they even went to the streets to break shops of BAMI people, they could steal bread and sardine and never took any materials they could use to fix their dirty bush homes…..
        As prove BIYA is the slowest and laziest president on earth…

  6. For ever young

    If u want to separate why continue bringing your animals barbarians rapist brothers in West Cameroon to kill innocent people, burn villages and steal our natural resources , go back to your forest enclave u beti-bulu dirty beast , more than %90 children from West Cameroon don’t want anything with the evil thief chop broke pot beti- bulu Curse ethnic groups don’t cross the mungo to West Cameroon and peace shall return evil bastards

    • You don’t want to be with us but you graffi ilks are all over the ekang areas even in villages …: who needs who?
      We do not come to your area, you never see an ekang émigrant in your area other than civil servants, but your ilks world in plantations in my village
      Who needs who?

      We are not related and should
      Never have been in the same country
      We for sure do not need graffi people… you are like leeches
      We have to fight together for separation
      Hahahahahahaha

      • If we are all in one country in the name of Cameroon..Why should GRAFFI people not come and clean the BETI BULU gorillas..They are trying to take the forest animal behaviour from you CHIMPS to make u normal people ….
        Show a place , a position or anything a BETI-BULU was head and there are good results..
        IF you idiots talk of VIVRE ENSEMBLE- why should GRAFFI people not go and teach you hard work..Why should the smart GRAFFIS not come and make money from the lazy noncreative Gorillas…
        Southern Camweroons used to be very clean till the dirty BETI BULU entered SONARA and started taking managerial positions..Where you have many BETI-BULUs , the result is laziness, Alcohol, Sex, Prostitution, rape, chop broke pot and under development..People with a very small IQ…THIEVES

        • Where have you seen PIGS that eat their own excrements being able to teach anything?
          You are a mew kind of PIGS

  7. For ever young

    U are an an skull only thief of public treasury u know smelling wicked beast which plantation in that forests u wild beast originate , the Northern zone of West Cameroon has been the bread basket of Cameroon stupid drunkard from statistics in agricultural products %70 are growth in West Cameroon since colonial times, the only thing come from your forest is timber and small scale mining which contribution to the national budgets is less than %2 all u know well is chop broke pot thief of public treasury& division ,tribalism, corruption etc stopped sending your rapist barbarian brother to west Cameroon to kill steal and destroyed more than % 90 of west Cameroonian don’t want anything to do with u beti-bulu animals

    • Question to you and use your brain:

      Where in the world have you seen rich people leaving their rich land in droves to go to poor countries?
      And I say they’re leave in drove….

      After you use your brain, get back to me.
      Ignoramus

      • Mbappe,

        what are you then doing with eskimos in Canada, whereas your land is so rich?

        Hunting seals to eat with rancid cassava cubes?…

        • @ZAM-ZAM
          don’t be emotional. it is a weakness.

          Question: Where in the world have you seen rich people leaving their rich land and move to poor areas in drove?

          Where in the history of the world have you seen rich people emptying their rich villages to move to poor areas?

          You are smarter than this. Answer the question

        • @Mbappe,

          go and drink your H’aaa !

          Graffis are going to buy all your land and marry your sisters.

          You can only hang yourself, finish…

        • @Mbappe,

          have you ever heard of rural exodus?

          When everything is being centralized in the capital, what do you expect folks living in rural areas to do?

          When the gov’t provides no assistance to farmers in rural regions, what do you expect those folks to do?

          Provide agricultural technology and loans to farmers in rural areas and see if folks are going to embark on rural exodus.

          Ask a farmer in Canada to move to Otowa and see his reaction. He’ll ask you if you are crazy.

          Why?

          Canadian gov’t provides him with all the necessary assistance he needs in his rural area to keep his tractors in motion.

          Etoudi thugs are responsible for this rural exodus.

          All regions in CMR have a rich soil…

        • @zam-zam
          I used to think you were wiser that this.
          You folks are inn desperation.
          I am not talking about Yaoundé, we are talking about remote ekang villages were your ilks are enslaved in plantations.
          Rich people leaving their rich lands to be enslaved in poor villages.
          Where is the logic.

          Community fédéralism is on the move: you people are filing to regret for centuries what you started in 2018.

          You are the disgraceful “race” aka PIGS.

          We are not related.

          In my village these enslaved PIGS were given 2 days to pack and leave just last yeau. This movement is ongoing in many ekangs villages.
          We are going to clean first là le villages from this plague, then later …. Tic tac tic tac.

          Your future is very bleak

        • Finally I will call you a moron.

          How can a rich person expect the government to provide means to do his agriculture?

          Sometimes I think you guys are from another planet
          Even countries like France that heavily support agriculture don’t do that.

          Why would a rich farmer leave its rich land in graff land to go and become enslaved on another person plantation 600 kms away?
          Do you think this is equinox?

          My people are more related to people from
          Anglos, South African than with you.

          We have nothing in common and we are in the process of cleansing our land from this plague…. PIGS are not welcome anymore

        • @Mbappe,

          you are a fool !

          That’s why I always see tribalists like crazy people with a very low IQ.

          Have you ever heard of gov’t subvention?

          Have you heard of IRA?

          It is the gov’t’s responsibility to provide agronomists, technicians, heavy machineries…to encourage folks to make good use of soil in rural areas.

          So according to you there are no ekangs in other regions?

          Macabo…

        • @Zam-Zam

          Equinox has destroyed the logical thinking in most of you folks.

          As I said, you are in the open and we are going to cleanse our land from the plague.

          No relationship wit you guys.

          You excel and whatever is fake or morally wrong.

          We are Bantous and are not related to Tikars.

          Federaalism is the minimum and all elobis occuied will be cleansed from your race

  8. This is a war not a bar to sit drink beer by BIRS. They (Cameroon soldiers) have been burning alive and killing civilians for 3 years now and let us wait and see as the Amba Boys and the Boyses are getting ready for real war to liberate the territory of Ambazonia from the Terrorists of LRC