At least 22 individuals have actually been killed in an attack on a village in north-west Cameroon, the UN says.
Over half those killed in Ntumbo were kids, and regional media report that a number of victims were burned alive.
No-one has actually declared duty for Friday’s incident, but an opposition party blamed the army.
Cameroon’s federal government, which has been combating separatists in the area for three years, rejected involvement in the attack.
James Nunan, an official from the UN’s humanitarian co-ordination company Ocha, told the BBC that a pregnant lady was among those killed.
Fourteen kids, including nine under the age of 5, were also among the dead, he stated.
Mr Nunan said the event had “horrified” the regional population.
” Whichever group has actually done this has threatened that there will be more violence ahead,” he said. “Individuals we’ve consulted with are incredibly traumatised and didn’t expect this.”
In a statement, among the country’s main opposition celebrations – The Motion for the Renewal of Cameroon – blamed “the dictatorial program” and the head of Cameroon’s security forces for the attack.
Agbor Mballa, a leading figure in the separatist movement, likewise suggested that “state defence forces were accountable”.
An army authorities explained the allegations as “false” when inquired about the incident by AFP news firm.
The conflict has been centred in north-western Cameroon, where most of the population speaks English since of old colonial ties to Britain.
Armed separatist groups started to emerge in 2017 after a security force crackdown on demonstrations. Separatists have actually stated self-reliance for a new state they call Ambazonia, but Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has actually identified the groups as “terrorists”.
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More than 3,000 individuals have actually passed away since the break out of fighting and a minimum of 70,000 individuals have actually also been displaced from their houses.
Cameroon’s federal government has actually been implicated of human rights abuses throughout the dispute, and United States President Donald Trump has actually axed the nation from a special trade programme with America.
The federal government states separatists have actually eliminated lots of civilians and security forces, but no official figures exist for civilians and separatists eliminated by federal government forces.
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