Four Cameroonian policemen killed in ambush in restive Anglophone region

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Soldiers patrol in Bafut, after the roof of a school's dormitory was set to fire overnight, on November 15, 2017, in the northwest English-speaking region of Cameroon. Authorities in Cameroon have imposed a night-time curfew on November 8, 2017 and ordered the closure of shops and public places in the main city in a region rocked by unrest among the country's anglophone minority. Four makeshift bombs exploded overnight on November 12, a week after four soldiers were killed in the two administrative areas where most of Cameroon's anglophone minority live. Their deaths have been blamed by the authorities on "terrorists" -- anglophones campaigning for the two English-speaking areas, the Northwest and Southwest Regions, to secede from Cameroon. / AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)

At least four Cameroonian policemen were killed on Sunday when their patrol was ambushed by armed separatists in the restive Anglophone region of Northwest, according to security and local sources.

FILE PHOTO: Soldiers patrol in Bafut in the northwest English-speaking region of Cameroon. (Photo credit -/AFP via Getty Images)

The patrol was ambushed in the town of Bali where armed separatists have intensified offensive on government forces in the last two weeks, an army official who asked not to be named told Xinhua.

Armed separatists published a video of the attack on social media, displaying weapons they seized.

Separatists and government forces have been clashing since 2017 in the country’s two English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest, where separatists want to create an independent nation they called “Ambazonia”.

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