Cameroon’s government denies army shooting unarmed people

Last week, seven soldiers were arrested in Cameroon, suspected of having shot dead two women and two young children in the Far North. Photo: RR

Casablanca (ADV) – Cameroon’s communications minister and government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary dismissed as “utter manipulation” a video displaying Cameroonian soldiers in brutal killings and wanton molestation in the Far North region of the country.

The video displayed soldiers firing automatic weapons at unarmed people assembled face down and sitting against a wall.

“The government condemns this gruesome, unbearable and unsupportable situation. At the same time while some accusing fingers are pointing at our army, from the same video you have another voice which says that this gruesome killing was perpetrated by another army in another nation,” Tchiroma told a press conference in the capital Yaounde.

A report by an international NGO stated that the killings were committed by Cameroonian security forces during a military operation in the village of Achigaya in the Far North region of the country.

“A commission is on right now leading a thorough investigation in order to find out the perpetrators of the gruesome killings. If it happens that they are Cameroonians, then they will be taken to the court,” said Tchiroma.

Last week, seven soldiers were arrested in Cameroon, suspected of having shot dead two women and two young children in the Far North.

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