Four killed after gunmen attack Cameroon hospital

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Four persons were killed in a hospital fire in Kumba, Cameroon.

Witnesses say gunmen raided the hospital and burnt it to the ground. However, it is not clear whether the attackers killed the victims or whether the four people died in the fire.

An administrative official in the region also says it was not immediately clear whether victims were patients at the facility.

Kumba is located in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region.

The hospital was serving a large area because several other health facilities in the same district had shut down due to a separatist rebellion.

The government has blamed previous hospital attacks on Anglophone separatists. But there have also been reports of soldiers targeting hospitals in the belief that separatist fighters were being treated there. It is not yet known who was behind this attack.

The rebellion began after protests calling for better treatment of the Anglophone minority were violently broken up by the security forces in 2016.