Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Bomb wound 11 university students in Cameroon

A homemade bomb thrown through the roof of a university lecture hall wounded 11 students on Wednesday, the vice chancellor said in an English-speaking region of Cameroon hit by a bloody separatist conflict.

“The device fell to the ground and exploded,” said Boua University Vice-Chancellor Horace Ngomo Manga.

One boy and 10 girls were injured, he told state radio CRTV, all in a stable condition.

He did not elaborate on the nature of the bomb or who might have thrown it.

Bua is the capital of the South-West Region of Cameroon. Both the South-West and North-West regions are predominantly English speakers in the otherwise predominantly French-speaking Central African country.

A decades-long campaign by terrorists to address perceived discrimination at the hands of the Francophone majority flared up in the Declaration of Independence on October 1, 2017, prompting security forces to act.

The conflict has claimed more than 3,500 lives and forced 700,000 to flee their homes, according to NGO estimates not updated in more than a year, despite a rise in violence in recent months .

The United Nations and international organizations regularly condemn abuses and crimes committed against civilians by both sides.

Wednesday’s bombing has not been claimed, but Anglophone separatists have regularly attacked schools and universities that they accuse in favor of French-language education.

Separatists have recently intensified attacks on the country’s armed forces using improvised explosive devices.

In September, a Beau court sentenced four men to death over the murders of seven schoolchildren a year earlier, though Human Rights Watch called the trial a sham.

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