Terrorism & Insurgency

Explosion in Cameroon's Northwest region indicates escalation of Anglophone protests, rising intent and capability of demonstrators

22 September 2017


Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique of Cameroon's Northwest region declared on 21 September an explosion that had taken place earlier in the morning, injuring three police officers, at a major intersection called Hospital roundabout was a terrorist attack.

The explosion comes one day prior to planned mass protests in the Northwest and Southwest Anglophone regions organised by activists demanding an independent Anglophone Cameroon, an end to perceived marginalisation, and the liberation of activists held by the government on charges of terrorism. The government has dismissed calls for a referendum that could allow for secession or a return to a federal system of government and has promised to counter activists it terms terrorists with the full force of the law and security services.

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