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No, this video does not show one of the culprits of the Kumba massacre

Paru le mercredi, 28 octobre 2020 13:57

A 30-second video whose caption claims to be the film showing one of the culprits of the Kumba massacre (on October 24, 2020, in a primary school in Southwestern Cameroon) recently went viral on social media. The video shows a young man (covered with blood) in a rickshaw being beaten by young people using bottles and the flat sides of machetes.

One thing is sure, this video was not shot in Cameroon. Indeed, an image search conducted on Google, Yandex, and TinEye using screenshots from the video provided no results. Also, in the video, there is a banner with the word "Firstmonie" on it. An internet search using that word sent us to the website of FirstBank, a Nigerian bank founded in 1894. According to the google results, "Firstmonie" is the money transfer service created by the Nigerian bank. This proves that the video was not shot in Cameroon, but in Nigeria.

Also, there is no news about the culprits related to the Kumba massacre. First, in Nigeria where the video was shot, authorities did not announce arrests related to the massacre. In Cameroon, in the evening of the incident, the Minister of Communications René Emmanuel Sadi indicated that investigations would be conducted to determine the factual circumstances of that incident and actively seek the culprits to bring them before courts. However, to date, there has been no news about such an arrest. Therefore, the video is probably not related to the incident.

According to Cameroonian authorities, a dozen terrorists armed with war weapons raided the “Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy,” opening fire on students who were in their classrooms. At least six students aged between nine and 12 years were killed and at least twelve were wounded during the attack, condemned by national and international communities.

Recent information has it that one of the 12 wounded has died from injuries. This brings the number of the dead to seven (7).

Patricia Ngo Ngouem

Dernière modification le mercredi, 28 octobre 2020 14:04

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