At least three civilians are dead and several others hurt following violent clashes between armed separatists and a Muslim community in Wum. Wum is located in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking region of Northwest.
Regional Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique says a group of Hausa and Aku youths carried out Monday’s attack in Wum in response to the killing of a local Hausa leader last Thursday.
The attack was the first of its kind since November 2017 when separatists began clashing with government forces to demand the independence of the minority two Cameroon’s Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest.
Separatist leaders have condemned “inter-tribal conflict” in the restive regions blaming the government for fueling the dispute in order to “weaken” support for the armed separatists from the locals.
At least 430,000 people have been displaced internally by the conflict, according to the United Nations.