Cameroon's Army Blames Accident For Weekend Massacre Of Civilians At Ntumbo
Up to 22 civilians, 14 of them children, died in the incident over the weekend according to the United Nations.
Members of the opposition parties have blamed the members of the armed forces who have repeatedly been accused of shootings involving civilians
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However, Cameroon’s army on Monday denied the charges blaming instead an “unfortunate accident” caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight.
Army spokesman Colonel Cyrille Guemo Atonfack described the allegations as “duplicitous.” and shared that five civilians — a woman and four children — died, and “seven terrorists” were “neutralised,” during a firefight with Anglophone separatists.
The deaths occurred in the village of Ntumbo in Cameroon’s Northwest Region — one of two English-speaking regions that have been grappling with separatist violence since October 2017.
More than 3,000 people have died and at least 700,000 have fled their homes.