Bamenda (National Times) – Cameroonian government backed military forces have killed 28 secessionist rebels in the country’s North West region at the weekend, army and media sources said, increasing the death toll in an already bloody conflict.
It was one of the bloodiest weekends since the killings of dozens of rebel fighters near Nkambe in November 2018, and since the beginning of the civil war that has left more than 1300 people dead, and hundreds of thousands more displaced.
On Friday the 11th, at least 21 armed separatist fighters were killed in Sabongari, North West region of Cameroon, according to Journal Du Cameroun and Cameroon’s military sources.
National Times spoke to a military source who told the paper they were surprised by the resilience of the separatists but will continue their fight until the separatists were defeated. “We will pursue our anti-terror fight with great determination until all these hooligans who want to destroy this country are killed,” he said.
In a separate incident, Cameroon military forces killed seven separatists in Alabukam, near Bamenda the capital of the troubled anglophone Northwest Region, according to AFP.
The spat of killings comes days after the President of Cameroon called on separatists to surrender their weapons or be killed by government forces.
But separatists have insisted that the government is also incurring huge casualties in the ongoing conflict. The military however, will not confirm or deny reports that six military officers were killed this weekend in the Northwest region.