Cameroonian defense minister flies to restive Anglophone region after deadly separatist attacks

2021-09-22 16:56:47 GMT2021-09-23 00:56:47(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

YAOUNDE, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon's defense minister Joseph Beti Assomo arrived in the country's war-torn English-speaking region of Northwest on Wednesday following renewed deadly attacks by separatist fighters.

Assomo's visit comes after army spokesman Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo said separatist fighters had established links "with other terrorist entities operating outside the country's borders" and were now endowed with "sophisticated" weapons.

Last week, separatist fighters in the region killed 15 soldiers in a single attack that was considered the deadliest in months.

Assomo will take stock of the situation and comfort soldiers injured in the insurgent offensives.

The army will impose a "paradigm change" in military operations in the region in a bid to eradicate all forms of violence, according to Guemo.

The Cameroonian army started to engage the separatist fighters in 2017 after separatist leaders declared the "independence" of the two Anglophone regions of South West and North West in the Central African nation. Enditem