At least 15 Killed in Cameroon in Clashes between Army and Separatists
At least 15 persons have been feared killed in a renewed clash between Cameroonian army troops and separatist rebels, in what appears to be a rise in violence since President Paul Biya won a seventh term re-election.
The conflict between Anglophone separatists, who want to create an independent state called Ambazonia, and government forces has killed more than 400 people in western Cameroon since last year and has emerged as Biya’s greatest security problem in nearly four decades of rule. The recent clash follows clashes on Oct. 23 that killed at least 10 and up to 30 combatants. Separatist militias launched an insurrection last year against the predominantly Francophone central government after authorities violently repressed peaceful protests against the perceived marginalisation of the English-speaking minority.