At least eleven people were injured in an explosion on a university campus in southwest Cameroon

At least eleven students were injured this Wednesday in an explosion on a university campus in the city of Buea in southern Cameroon.

However, some Cameroonian media believe that the number of injuries could reach 200, although no official data from the country’s authorities are currently available.

According to witnesses interviewed by Actu Cameroun, it was an improvised explosive device and the more than ten injured had to be transferred to hospitals in the area.

At least eleven people were injured in an explosion on a university campus in southwest Cameroon
At least eleven people were injured in an explosion on a university campus in southwest Cameroon

The city suffered the devastation of an explosion earlier this week that killed a taxi driver.

In the past few months there have been dozens of attacks attributed to separatists in this region of the country, leading the government to accuse them of maintaining “links” with “external fundamentalist groups”, including the jihadist group Boko Haram.

The Anglophone regions of Cameroon – northwest and southwest – were shaken by conflict following the suppression of separatist movements following the self-declaration of independence in Ambazonia in October 2017.

The year before, this area – another part of the British colonies in Africa that had decided to join French Cameroon – was the scene of peaceful protests to demand more autonomy or independence and discrimination by the central authorities, including on linguistic issues , to argue.

Since then, armed groups have increased and support for the separatists, which had been marginal until then, has grown. The government responded with harsh repression, with human rights organizations accusing the security forces of committing atrocities.

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