Namata Diteng, the deputy head of the anglophone Batibo district, has been lacking since on Sunday, when his burnt-out automotive was present in an remoted space.
He had been meant to preside over native festivities for Cameroon Youth Day, a controversial day within the nation’s two anglophone areas – within the northwest and southwest – the place dozens of individuals have been killed since October after a violent crackdown on protests in opposition to the primarily French-speaking authorities.
The chief of an anglophone separatist motion, Ayaba Lucas Cho, mentioned on social media on Sunday that his group had captured Diteng. There have been quite a few appeals by separatists on-line to “kill the prisoner” of the “colonial military”.
Military spokesperson Colonel Didier Badjeck instructed Newpaper24 that Cameroon forces had been persevering with their seek for Diteng on Monday night time.
Badjeck additionally dismissed as “pretend information” an image of a useless man circulating on-line that some separatists claimed was Diteng.
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Every week-long curfew was imposed on Saturday after separatists made threats on social media to disrupt the celebrations on February 11, the date a referendum was held in 1961 on whether or not the English-speaking areas would be a part of French-speaking Cameroon.
Cameroon forces killed 23 assailants on Sunday within the southwestern village of Kembong, Badjeck mentioned, in an assault during which three troopers additionally died.
Badjeck mentioned there was one other separatist assault on a police station in Ekok, within the southwest of the nation close to the border with Nigeria, on Sunday night time.
Members of the Cameroonian military and the Fast Intervention Battalion (BIR) “routed the attackers”, he mentioned, including that “15 terrorists” had been arrested within the space on Monday.
The bloodshed is the newest episode in an escalating disaster within the nation’s southwest and northwest areas, house to an English-speaking minority that accounts for a few fifth of the inhabitants.
Many English-speakers have accused the francophone majority of discrimination and that has fuelled a separatist motion.
In October, the separatists declared the anglophone areas because the self-proclaimed republic of “Ambazonia”, prompting a forceful response by the federal government.