Cameroon

Yaoundé (AFP) A fire swept through the main building of Cameroon’s parliament in Yaounde overnight, causing substantial damage but no injuries. The apparently accidental blaze broke out in the administrative part on the rear facade of the building, the government said, but the debating chamber is believed to have been spared. The fire was completely out by dawn on Friday, an AFP photographer saw. “A violent fire devastated the rear facade of the main building of the Ngoa Ekelle Glass Palace last night,” Cameroon’s public broadcaster CRTV reported, referring toRead More
Bamenda (Cameroon) (AFP) It’s only 8pm, but in the bars by the Hospital Roundabout, one of the liveliest nightspots in Bamenda, thoughts are already turning to last orders. “We respect the curfew, we’re going to close soon,” a waitress warns grumbling clients who would rather drink on into the night as of old, despite a police crackdown triggered by sporadic bombings, arson and killings. Bamenda, a city of about 300,000 people nestled in the mountains of western Cameroon, is the epicentre of an escalating crisis. At its source is resentmentRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) The United Nations on Friday underscored its commitment to Cameroon’s “territorial integrity and unity” as the francophone-majority country grappled with violence and separatism in two English-speaking regions. The UN’s Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) said it was deeply concerned by the upsurge in violence, “particularly against the civilian population and state agents.” UNOCA chief Francois Lounceny Fall, who is also the secretary general’s envoy for central Africa, recalled the commitment of the UN to “the territorial integrity and unity of Cameroon.” He called for calm and restraintRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Four makeshift bombs exploded overnight in the main city in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking region, but no one was injured, officials said Monday. “Four home-made bombs exploded in Bamenda, one at 9:00 pm and the three others at 3:00 am,” said a source close to the security services. “The blasts did not cause any casualties. They caused minor damage in various places,” the source said, in an account confirmed by a security source in the capital Yaounde. One of the explosions detonated close to a police unit from theRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Authorities in Cameroon have imposed a night-time curfew and ordered the closure of shops and public places in the main city in a region rocked by unrest among the country’s anglophone minority. The measure applies to the city of Bamenda, the hub of Northwest Region, where two policemen were killed on Tuesday, a day after an officer was gunned down in a nearby town. Under a decree issued by the local prefect, obtained on Thursday by AFP, all movement of people and vehicles in Bamenda is being bannedRead More
Yaounde (Cameroon) (AFP) Separatists killed two policemen in the restive English-speaking region of Cameroon, a day after an officer was shot dead there, the government said Wednesday. Neither of the attacks has been claimed, but the authorities have been swift to blame the escalation on militants demanding that anglophone regions break away from the west African nation. “Secessionist terrorists killed two gendarmes overnight in Bamenda,” government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary told AFP, adding that the attack was carried out “with combat weapons”. The two were on guard duty at theRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) A Cameroon policeman has been killed while pursuing men who attacked a school in one of the country’s English-speaking regions, where tensions have fuelled a separatist movement, authorities told AFP on Tuesday. “Suspected separatists gunned down a gendarme yesterday (Monday) in Jakiri,” a town in the country’s northwest, a source close to local authorities said, an account confirmed by a government source. “They killed him with the officer’s own gun,” the sourced added, speaking on condition of anonymity. Police were in pursuit when the officer found himself cutRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Five children were killed Tuesday night and two others wounded by a suicide bomber described as a “young girl” in a northern region of Cameroon plagued by Boko Haram attacks, sources said Wednesday. “A suicide bomber blew herself up (on Tuesday) at around 7.45 pm (1845 GMT)” in the village of Zamga, two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the Nigerian border, said a security officer responsible for the zone, reached from the capital Yaounde. “Five children were killed and two others wounded,” he said on condition of anonymity, addingRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) A secessionist revolt is gaining ground in the English-speaking west of Cameroon, but for lack of charismatic local leaders, the impetus is coming from the diaspora, analysts say. On October 1, secessionist militants proclaimed the independence of Ambazonia, the name they give to the two Anglophone regions, provoking a crackdown by President Paul Biya’s security forces that left dozens dead and many injured. The upheaval, which broke out at the end of 2016 and threatens to become an “armed insurrection” according to the International Crisis Group (ICG), wasRead More
Yaoundé (AFP) Cameroon on Wednesday blasted the International Crisis Group (ICG) as an “agency of destabilisation” after the thinktank warned an armed insurgency could erupt in the country’s restive anglophone regions. In a statement, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary hit out at reports published by the ICG on August 2 and October 19 that criticised a crackdown in the two English-speaking regions. The October 19 report notably called on Cameroon to rethink a policy of “murderous repression” that, it warned, could lead to an “armed uprising”. Tchiroma described the ICGRead More