Gunmen Kill 10 in Northwest Cameroon

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    The Facts

    • At least ten people were killed and two injured during a terrorist attack at a busy junction in the city of Bamenda in northwest Cameroon on Sunday evening.

    • According to eyewitnesses, gunmen in military uniforms arrived in two vehicles at Nacho Junction, ordered people onto the floor, and accused the civilians of failing to back local separatists before opening fire.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    There's no evidence the gunmen dressed in military uniforms belonged to Anglophone areas. Even if they were separatists, the government is just as responsible for this tragic set of circumstances, as it uses force against people who suffer political marginalization and lack the recognition of their cultural identity in Cameroon.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Sunday's massacre was a terrorist attack intended to incite fear among civilians who cooperate with the military by reporting suspected separatists. This is part of a coordinated campaign against the government and must be dealt with severely.

    Establishment split



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