Five Cameroonian security personnel were killed and others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on the Bafut-Wum road in the country's northwest region on Wednesday, December 20, according to security sources.
The blast, targeting a military convoy, claimed the lives of a chief warrant officer and a chief sergeant from the Motorized Infantry Brigade, a sergeant from the Military Engineers, and two gendarmes. Several other service members were injured in the attack.
Separatist leader Mark Bareta, based abroad, claimed responsibility for the incident. Cameroon News Agency, specializing in the ongoing Anglophone crisis, reported that the army launched search operations in surrounding villages in the aftermath of the attack, seeking armed separatists.
The conflict in Cameroon's English-speaking northwest and southwest regions erupted in 2017 over the perceived marginalization of the Anglophone minority. Initially, peaceful protests by lawyers and teachers demanding greater recognition of their language quickly escalated into an armed conflict.
At least 6,000 people have been killed in the fight, according to international organizations, with thousands more displaced as refugees or internally.