Aid worker killed in restive Cameroon anglophone region

A Cameroonian aid worker has been killed in a restive anglophone region of the central African country.
A Cameroonian aid worker has been killed in a restive anglophone region of the central African country.
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A Cameroonian aid worker has been killed in a restive anglophone region of the central African country, global medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.

Armed men kidnapped the community health worker in the town of Banga Bakundu in the Southwest region on Thursday, and separatists later reported his death to MSF, the charity said.

“His death is an example of the ongoing violence in the Northwest and Southwest region, where attacks on healthcare workers and hospitals are a regular occurrence,” MSF said in a statement posted on its website Saturday.

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The two anglophone regions of Cameroon have been gripped by conflict since separatists declared independence in October 2017 after decades of grievances at perceived discrimination by the francophone majority.

Earlier this month the government began ceasefire talks with separatist leaders to try to stem the violence that has killed more than 3,000 people.

One aid official said anglophone separatists killed the local aid worker on suspicion of being a government spy.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the murder had been carried out by the leader of an armed group linked to the separatists' self-declared breakaway state of Amazonia.

But the separatist group headed by Samuel Sako condemned the murder and said the aid worker had been killed by “still unidentified armed men”, announcing a probe into the circumstances of the attack. — AFP



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