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  • Updated: July 17, 2023

Cameroon: Couple Shot Dead During Deadly Separatist Attack

Cameroon: Couple Shot Dead During Deadly Separatist Attack

Unknown masked gunmen

Unknown separatist gunmen carried out a horrific attack in the Cameroonian city of Bamenda, killing nine people, including a married couple.

The victims, Simplice Lontsi Tsomene, 37, and his wife Hélène Raisa Tanga, 25, were well-known for being proud owners of a phone shop as well as being devoted parents to their three children.

The attack, which occurred at a busy intersection, is being blamed on separatist militants by the authorities.

According to reports, the attackers ordered individuals to lie down as soon as they pulled up in two unmarked vehicles.

Eyewitnesses have come forward to claim that the shooters referred to the victims as "black legs," implying that they were either working with the government or disobeying the separatists' orders.

Bamenda is one of the hotspots for rebels fighting for the creation of Ambazonia, a new nation for Cameroon's English-speaking regions. This conflict began in 2017.

Five young men were killed when forces assaulted a home in the same Nacho community a day before these most recent massacres.

Atrocities and terrible violations of human rights are occurring, and the situation is swiftly getting worse. 

In a recent study, Amnesty International called for an investigation into the alleged murders and rapes committed by both sides of the Anglophone armed conflict. 

Even though no one has claimed responsibility for the killings, some separatist Ambazonian leaders in the diaspora have been advising their warriors to go after people they refer to as "blacklegs" without compassion.

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