Buea, 04 January, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The November 19 suspected deliberate killing of a civilian and the injuring of others by Cameroonian military at a village in the South West region of Cameroon raises questions about the professionalism of the men in uniform, Catholic charity and peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has said.
The charity foundation reports that three people in Malende, a village in Cameroon’s Mbonge subdivision paid the price when separatist fighters in the embattled Anglophone region killed a government soldier in Mbalangi, a village that neighbors Malende.
Locals who spoke to DHPI said that the three people were shot when the military intentionally opened fire on the population of Malende.
“The dead villager and the two who were injured were never struck by stray bullets given that the military did not fire their guns in the air, maybe to scare them, but rather directed their guns at them,” DHPI officials say in a Wednesday, November 24 report.
They added, in reference to the suspected intentional shooting, “All this goes to question the professionalism of the Cameroonian military who are supposed to be trained to keep their cool and handle their emotions in a mature manner when they see their colleagues fall in battle.”