Unidentified Militants Attack Ntumbo Village

Feb 18, 2020

On 14 February 2020, unidentified militants attacked Ntumbo village, located in the Anglophone Northwest region of Cameroon. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 22 villagers were killed. Thus far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, an opposition party and at least one separatist leader alleged that Cameroonian soldiers — who have been engaged in a crackdown against the ongoing separatist movement in the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions — carried out the attack on the villagers. The government released a statement on 17 February denying that its armed forces were responsible for the attack, calling it an “unfortunate accident” and launching a full investigation. The English-speaking separatist movement in Cameroon began in late 2016, and separatists have recently increased the use of violence against civilians who disagree with them publicly, including kidnappings and executions

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