Rebel Attacks Kill 15 Soldiers In Troubled Cameroon
Yaounde, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Sep, 2021 ) :About 15 soldiers and several civilians have died in two attacks in English-speaking western areas of Cameroon in the grip of a breakaway campaign, the defence ministry said Monday.
Heavily armed "terrorists" ambushed a convoy of elite rapid intervention forces at Bamessing in the Northwest Region on September 16, the ministry statement said.
The ministry estimated the total death toll at "about 15 soldiers and several civilians".
More than 3,500 people have been killed and over 700,000 have fled their homes.
Rights groups say abuses have been committed by both separatists and the armed forces.
The defence ministry noted "the existence of links and exchanges of sophisticated weaponry" between "secessionist terrorists" and "other terrorist entities operating beyond the borders", including fundamentalist groups.