Calls for calm in Cameroon after police officer lynched for killing five-year-old

Calls for calm in Cameroon after police officer lynched for killing five-year-old

Authorities in English-speaking western Cameroon have appealed for calm after a police officer killed a five-year-old girl and was lynched by a mob. The incident took place in Buea, a hotspot city in a region where anglophone separatists and government forces in the French-majority nation have been locked in bitter four-year-old conflict. “We urge the public to be calm. This is a sad and unfortunate incident,” the governor of Southwest Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, told the state TV channel CRTV. Blaise Chamango, the head of a local campaign group called Human Is Right, said a woman driving children to school was ordered by police to stop at a checkpoint. “The driver didn’t obey. A gendarme opened fire and a schoolgirl was fatally wounded,” he said. “People responded by lynching the …
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