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US News: CAN 2022: Several wounded in shooting in the west of Cameroon

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The attack has not been claimed.

  CAN 2022 : plusieurs blessés dans des échanges de tirs dans l'ouest du Cameroun © Provided by FranceInfo

Several people were injured, Wednesday, January 12, in exchange of shots between military and men armed in western Cameroon in a bloody conflict, in the city of Buea which houses teams In the running for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) football, indicated the AFP the mayor of the locality. "There have been shooting of shots in Buea yesterday and several people were injured," said David Mafani Namange, evoking "sporadic incidents". "The security forces quickly occurred and a survey is underway to determine who are the managers," he continued. The attack has not been claimed.

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Anglophone minority

of the armed groups Secessionists , who demand the independence of two western western regions mainly by the English-speaking minority of Cameroon, had threatened before the opening of the CAN disrupting the course of the competition-Queen African football. "The separatists attacked several districts of Buea, the reinforcements of the army arrived and fought back," said AFP a senior military official contacted by telephone and who requested anonymity. Buea is the leading town of the Southwest which, with the North West, are the two English-speaking majority regions in a country inhabited at 80% by Francophones.

"There have been exchanges of shots fed between military and separatists, the more they advanced towards the city center, the more panic"

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ME AGBOR BALLA, Director of the NGO Center for Human Rights and Democracy In Africa

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The lawyer evokes a death in the fighting, "who carried a civil outfit," and a wounded. No other source has confirmed this assessment.

Murdering

Conflict For the past five years, after the repression of peaceful demonstrations accusing the central power and the French-speaking majority of the country of ostracism with regard to Anglophones, armed separatists and military compete in a murderer conflict. International NGOs and the UN regularly blame both camps for crimes and atrocities targeting civilians. The conflict has made several thousand deaths and hundreds of thousands of displaced since early 2017, according to the UN and the humanitarian workers.

A few weeks before the start of the CAN, some armed groups promised to disrupt the competition and sent threat letters to the teams that must play their games in Limbe, southwestern seaside resort, and train in Buea.

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