Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Ngarbuh killings: Army admits involvement

A statement from the Ministry of Defense of Cameroon confesses a military operation which resulted in the death of 22 people, including 14 children according to the UN.

It would have taken a slew of photographs, the indignation of part of the opinion, the figures of the United Nations; so that 72 hours later, the army recognizes its involvement in the Ngarbuh massacre, by Ntumbaw in the North-West region of Cameroon. 

In a press release, Colonel Atonfack of the communications division of the Ministry of Defense spoke of "a collateral consequence of the ongoing security operations in the regions". 

According to the Ministry of Defense “on February 14, 2020, a group of 06 elements of the Defense Forces including 04 soldiers and 02 gendarmes informed by repentants carried out an approach by night reconnaissance on foot towards a dwelling in Ngabuh transformed into a camp fortified, a veritable logistical base for illicit goods, for receiving armaments and ammunition of all calibers, and for storing and reselling narcotics ”. 

The communication from the Ministry of Defense reports that it is in their response, after being taken to task by armed combatants, that affected fuel containers will explode, setting off a fire which will spread to neighboring dwellings.

Apart from the "7 terrorists" killed by the soldiers in the fighting, the army recognizes the death of a woman and 4 children in the fire. Figures that contradict those put forward by a UN mission visited on Sunday, February 16. This mission reports 22 deaths including 14 children. 

For the Defense Ministry, this is separatist propaganda which has resurrected "old photos of the neutralization of 04 terrorists in the department of Mezam in 2019". 

The press release nevertheless concluded that an investigation has been opened and that its conclusions will be made public.

Source: journalducameroun.com