On 20 May, prior to celebrations in Cameroon intended to commemorate national Unity Day, pro-secessionist Anglophone militants attacked police forces in the town of Batibo, Northwest region, resulting in four police officers and three secessionist militants being killed.
Other attacks were reported in Ekona, Buea, and the cocoa producing hub of Bangem, where two municipal and ruling party officials were also kidnapped for allegedly encouraging youth groups to take part in Unity Day celebrations. Pro-secessionist groups had earlier threatened to attack the festivities to highlight absence of unity between English- and French-speaking parts of Cameroon. The attacks on security forces, which were aimed at stopping the commemorations, are likely to be repeated in the run-up to and during the presidential election scheduled to take place in October.
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