Policeman arrested for killing 8-year-old girl in Cameroon

DOUALA (Reuters) – A policeman has been arrested for killing an eight-year-old girl in the Cameroonian city of Bamenda on Friday, as he shot after a car that had escaped a checkpoint, the government said.

The girl’s death sparked violent protests on Friday afternoon in which at least two people were wounded, according to an official source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Local reports said that security forces opened fire on the protesters, which Reuters was unable to verify. A soldier at the scene said security forces only fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd.

Bamenda is the capital of Cameroon’s Northwest region, one of two English-speaking regions where secessionist fighters angry about perceived marginalisation by the French-speaking majority have been battling government troops since 2017.

Last month, a military police officer shot dead a five-year-old girl at a checkpoint in the other English-speaking capital, Buea. Protests broke out and the officer was killed by a mob.

The eight-year-old girl was hit by a bullet that ricocheted as she was walking down the street, said a statement from the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, adding that an investigation is under way.

Videos shared on social media, which Reuters was unable to verify, showed two men carrying a girl’s body through the streets, followed by an angry crowd. Other videos showed dozens of people who appeared to be running from machine gun fire.

Cameroon’s Anglophone regions were already gripped by tension due to the secessionist conflict, in which more than 3,000 people have been killed and nearly a million displaced, with both sides accused of committing atrocities.

(Reporting by Josiane Kouagheu in Douala; Writing by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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14 comments

  1. No on the spot report and this gves room for a minister or gov`t spokes person to play
    politics once again. Sad for a country that prides itself for being a democracy.
    Very surprising indeed, that the officer, was let go by the Bamenda of all.

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    • I am surprised Bamenda chosed arrest instead .RIP our daughter

      • CAVANI,,,, I am laugh when I see some Africans writing that word may their soul rest in peace. as ignorant as they are they do not know that there is nothing like a soul.once we die we are rotten like the cow you eat every day. There is nothing that escape our physical body to where I don’t know. You have been indoctrinated to think unscientifically which makes you docile

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        • It is this dogmatic unscientific irrational mindset that push us to engage confrontation without thinking about the opponents response. The result is that we are not able to anticipate anything. We continue killing each other thinking that protesting on the street will change something. But in reality nothing will change.

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        • Bah, i can support you in your first outing, not the second.

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        • Bah Acho I’ve reading the trash you’ve been posting on this platform for years and I sincerely wonder whether you don’t need some serious mental health attention. A little girl has been killed and all you care about is using the situation to preach your stupid ideology? Keep your ideology to yourself if you have no opinion of the situation at hand. Know when and where to air your stupid mindset

    • Joshua
      You and your Sako camp are always looking to pin your failures, weaknesses , ineptitude and embezzlement in Brave Bamenda. FYI, the thug wasn’t let go. He ran into Army camp up station. We protested for him to be delivered to the mob but the terrorists army shot another 7 . Failure to make himself available resulted in the killing of 12 state terrorists thereafter.

      I see your PIG has split again. Are you seeing we now have 3 IGs? 2 PIGs and 1 KIG. What dullness and foolishness is this? How could Sako send Insobu to kill the invincible Gen NoPity These pot belly infiltrators that you keep running after will pay. U hear me? Who put this sh!t of government in your head? The disgrace you all have brought in the rest is horrendous. Group of dullards!

  2. JOSHUA,,,,i am not interested in your support.like all creationist your opinion is shaped by christian indoctrination.

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  3. Thank ALLAH, Dictator Biya FOOLISHLY started a war that is UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE, UNCONTROLLABLE and FINANCIALLY UNSUSTAINABLE. He inadvertently opened the window of opportunity for Southern Cameroonians to free themselves from the evil tentacles of LRC and by extension France.
    The war will only end AFTER all LRC citizens have been sent back to their country dead or alive.
    There is absolutely nothing LRC can do to continue to ILLEGALLY occupy SC.

    GENUG IST GENUG!!!!!!!

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  4. **** BREAKING VICTORY NEWS ****


    Cameroun – Crise anglophone: Au moins 5 policiers et 3 gendarmes tués dans une embuscade à Matazen (Nord-Ouest): Le véhicule transportant ces forces de défense et de sécurité a été soufflé par un engin explosif improvisé déposé par les indépendantistes ce 13 novembre 2021.”

    * MY TAKE *

    The war continues…….

  5. A simple question:
    – why was this little girl killed?
    In buea she was killed and they claimed he wanted to shot the Tyres but missed?..In bamenda , same issue?
    So we can conclude that:
    – La republic PÜolice are not well trained..
    -They come out of the streets to mainly steal money from the people and share among them selves..
    -They can kill you bec of 500 frs CFA
    – There is all indication that the La republic Govr has no plan, has no vision and is falling apart..
    People like BAH ACHU will never see such a reality..They will never question such actions because their stomachs are full of bread and sardine..BAH ACHU is so full that each time you write , he says you are too emotional..I know with such a screwed brain full of alcohol, your emotion is long death..

  6. BIKO,,,,no sober ,thoughtful ,calm,cool headed person will contest the that fact younde does not have a vision ,a clear plan and strategy to achieve it.but reacting thoughtlessly each time to thier irresponsible provocative attitude is unwise.the decesion to take arms to fight them was not carefully thought through.if it was we should have anticipated the current scenario.we are now five years since it started,everything looks exactly the same if not worste.can we say that something has been achieved?

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  7. Bah Acho I’ve been reading the trash you’ve been posting on this platform for years and I sincerely wonder whether you don’t need some serious mental health attention. A little girl has been killed and all you care about is using the situation to preach your stupid ideology? Keep your ideology to yourself if you have no opinion of the situation at hand. Know when and where to air your stupid mindset