Cameroon soldiers killed nine villagers, government admits

Al Jazeera | The statement was an unusual admission of blame by the army, which civilians and rights groups have accused of numerous killings and abuses during an ongoing separatist conflict.

A group of soldiers have killed nine villagers including an 18-month-old girl, in a “manifestly disproportionate” and “hasty” response to a confrontation in northwest Cameroon, the government has said.

The four soldiers were searching for a missing comrade in the village of Missong when they came across a group of angry villagers at night, the defence ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

“In an inappropriate reaction, unsuited to the circumstances and manifestly disproportionate to the hostile villagers’ refusal to cooperate … the soldiers, in a hasty reaction of self-protection … used their weapons,” the statement said.

The victims were four men, four women and the infant, it said. A one-year-old child was lightly injured and taken to hospital.

The statement was an unusual admission of blame by the army, which civilians and rights groups have accused of numerous killings and abuses during an ongoing separatist conflict.

Cameroon’s northwest region is one of two English-speaking regions where secessionist fighters protesting perceived marginalisation by the French-speaking majority have been battling government troops since 2016.

Schooling and the internet have been regularly disrupted in the anglophone areas, as has everyday life. In all, nearly one million people have been displaced into neighbouring Nigeria. The conflict has also killed more than 3,000 people.

Last October, a mob lynched a military police officer after he killed a five-year-old girl when he fired on a car at a checkpoint. A month later, a policeman killed an eight-year-old girl in similar circumstances.

The ministry said the four soldiers have been arrested and an investigation opened. It offered its condolences to the families of the victims.

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8 comments

  1. this is the scenario of self destruction so common among culturally conquered people. what will the situation be today if the so called fathers of independence took the right decision like Vietnam to install one common African language?

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    • It is more than a language problem. English and French systems have never co-existed together, except in a federal form. Somethng the Cameroonian government is refusing to accept, but preferred killing its way to unity

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      • BABYLONIAN. what about the possibility of making an African language widely used in east Africa like Kiswahili a common language thereby eracing e French and English for a clean identity? this seems to be a thoughtful sensible decision.

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        • South Africa have 11 official languages. Cameroon can do same with major languages. Swahili will still be a foreign language. But to do that Cameroon need to accept the present reality that there are two Cameroons in a union. Lies doesn’t build a nation.

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  2. babylonian,,,, south Africa does not have 11 official languages. it has one official language which is English the working language and also used for instruction.to prove my point, no official documents in south Africa is written in ISUZULU or VENDA.the objective behind this strategy is to crush African languages and replace with English making south Africa anglo American copycays,African in physic anglo American in psychology. Kiswahili is not a foreign language because it is an African language that bring together all Africans. since we belong to the same socio cultural civilization.english and French creat artificial devisions that can only be removed by eracing both languages. those who decided us along this lines did it in thier interest. we must do the opposite.

    • those who divided us along this lines did it in their interest. we must do the exact opposite. infact all public signs should only be written in KISWAHILI and the regional language. for example if it is in bamenda it should be written in mankon. i must add that all the countries that have industrilised and modernised have one thing in common. they have sticked to their language and spiritual tradition. Japan, south Korea and China prove this point. children should be able to study in mankon and Kiswahili.

  3. LRC is ruled by the most corrupt, dishonest, faithless, deceitful, arrogant, foolish, stupid, despicable, evil, demonic and insensitive CRIMINALS on planet earth.

    A country ruled by deceit, deception and terror is likened to a house built on sand.
    It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that a house built on sand cannot stand for long.
    Thank God, Dictator Biya’s UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE; UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE war will rescue the Anglophones from that sh*thole VIVRE-ENSEMBLE with LRC.

    GOD IS INDEED GREAT

    • **** THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF SC BY LRC ****

      A. Northern ZONE

      Governor = Francophone
      SDO Mezam = Francophone
      SDO Momo = Francophone
      SDO Bui = Francophone
      SDO Boyo = Francophone
      Head of the military = Francophone
      Head of the police = Francophone
      Head of the Gendarmes = Francophone
      Head of t he treasury = Francophone
      Procureur General = Francophone
      Etc

      B. Southern ZONE

      Governor = Francophone
      SDO Fako = Francophone
      SDO Meme = Francophone
      SDO Manyu = Francophone
      SDO Ndian = Francophone
      Head of the military = Francophone
      Head of the police = Francophone
      Head of the Gendarmes = Francophone
      Head of the treasury = Francophone
      Procureur General = Francophone
      Etc

      CONCLUSION

      The invaders from LRC will sooner than later be kicked out from SC DEAD OR ALIVE