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Cameroon police kill two in protests in the northwest

By on February 12, 2017

Cameroon police killed two protestors and wounded 10 others on Friday in the English-speaking northwest of the country

Protests began in November in the northwestern town of Bamenda when lawyers and teachers claimed their rights were being neglected by Cameroon’s French-speaking majority. Protests have since spread.

Friday’s violence occurred in Ndop, about 40 kilometers to the east. Police opened fire when a crowd of about 100 people descended on the police station, demanding the release of people arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a French-speaking school on Wednesday.

“On Friday morning around 11 a.m., the protesters became more aggressive, the police fired in self-defense and there were two deaths in the clashes. Ten wounded,” said a local police commissioner who asked not to be named.

A staff member in the office of the regional governor confirmed the number of dead and wounded.

Police shot dead four protestors in Bamenda in December during a march against the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement.

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