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Cameroonian soldiers jailed for killing women and children

Cameroonian soldiers jailed for killing women and children

FOUR Cameroonian soldiers have received 10-year prison sentences for the killing of two women and two children in an incident that sparked an international outcry, their lawyers said. They and three other soldiers were arrested after a video surfaced on social media in July 2018 showing uniformed men levelling rifles and firing at the victims, one of whom had a baby strapped to her back. The video was one of several to emerge in recent years of alleged atrocities by Cameroonian forces during operations against Islamist Boko Haram militants in the north and Anglophone separatists in the west. The trial…
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Cameroonian soldiers accused of mass rape

Cameroonian soldiers accused of mass rape

JOSIANE KOUAGHEU CAMEROONIAN soldiers raped at least 20 women and killed a man in a raid on a village last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged on Friday, calling it one of the worst attacks by the army since an insurgency by Anglophone separatists began in 2016. Witnesses told the New York-based rights group that the attack on March 1, 2020, was a reprisal against civilians in the western village of Ebam suspected of collaborating with rebels seeking independence from the mostly Francophone state. Reached for comment, Cameroon's army spokesman dismissed the findings. "We have better things to do than…
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Eleven kidnapped teachers freed in Cameroon

Eleven kidnapped teachers freed in Cameroon

ELEVEN kidnapped teachers have been freed in western Cameroon, where separatist insurgents are battling government forces, the church that runs the schools has announced. Unidentified men took the teachers hostage on Tuesday during a raid on two schools in the town of Kumbo, just 10 days after gunmen stormed a school in another western town, killing at least seven children. No one has claimed responsibility for either of the raids. Samuel Fonki, representative of the church that runs the two schools, said the teachers had been freed but gave no further details when contacted via instant message. There was no…
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