Terrorism & Insurgency

Killing of two gendarmes in Anglophone region likely to trigger Cameroonian government retaliation, leading to violent protests

09 November 2017


Unidentified assailants attacked two gendarme officers – national paramilitary troops – in Cameroon’s northwestern regional capital town of Bamenda on 7 November, killing them and escaping with their guns and ammunition.

This attack comes just a day after another gendarme officer was killed in the town of Kumbo, located 90 kilometres away from Bamenda, and a few weeks after bomb explosions in Bamenda injured three police officers. The government has reacted by reinstating a dawn-to-dusk curfew in both Bamenda and Kumbo and imposing extra checkpoints on major roads in both towns. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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