Biya vows to end Cameroon’s “separatists terrorism”

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Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has vowed to end attacks by separatists in the English-speaking regions of the country, describing them as “a band of terrorists”.

In a national radio address on his return from Ivory Coast last night, he is quoted saying about two incidents earlier this week:

I learned with emotion of the murder of four Cameroonian soldiers and two policemen in the south-west of our country.

I think that things are now clear to everyone. Cameroon is the victim of repeated attacks by a band of terrorists claiming to be part of a secessionist movement.

Faced with these attacks of aggression, I assure the Cameroonian people that all measures are being taken to end these criminals’ ability to do harm.”

Mr Biya, 84, rarely speaks about the unrest that began in the English-speaking areas of western Cameroon a year ago.

The people there complain of marginalisation by the French-speaking majority.

A number of protesters have been killed and many others detained.

According to the AFP news agency, the authorities have already imposed night-time curfews, restrictions on movement, raids and body searches in the English-speaking areas of western Cameroon.