Cameroon’s military has been accused of carrying out violent acts in several areas of the restive anglophone regions in a damning Amnesty International report that alleged the army was responsible for dozens of killings and thousands of new displacements.
Amnesty International’s Thursday report said the acts committed by the Cameroon army, including killings of villagers, are serious human rights violations.
Its investigators found out that villages were razed to the ground and more than 50 houses were burnt down in Babubock and neighbouring villages of Bangem in the South-West around 14 January.
The report went further to reveal that on January 23, the village of Ndoh in the South-West region was attacked.
“Following reports of the killing of a soldier in the area on 22 January, a group of soldiers described by eyewitnesses attacked the village market and started shooting indiscriminately,” Amnesty International said.
Amnesty International says the death toll after the shooting was 16.
On the other hand, the organization said Armed separatists continue to commit serious crimes, including killings, abductions and extorsions.
In January, security forces were deployed in Cameroon’s two troubled English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest to ensure security before the February 9 polls.
A contingent of 700 police officers were sent to the regions.
“The security measures and increased military presence announced by the Cameroonian government to ensure this weekend’s vote can take place, appear to have been a pretext for a much more sinister operation,” said Fabien Offner, Amnesty International Lake Chad Researcher.
The Cameroon government hasn’t responded to the allegations.