Cameroon/Terrorism - Bali : Suspected secessionist JINKA CONRAD BOBUN

Son of late activist BUNGONG JINKA JONATHAN and his entourage kills in Bali . A churchgoer has been shot dead and a pastor injured during a religious service in an anglophone region of Cameroon, church and local authorities said on Monday. In the shooting, which occurred on Sunday in Bali in the northwest of the country, "shots were fired" during the service, the local Presbyterian church said on its website.

One person was killed and "the pastor suffered an injury to the arm," it said, without providing any details about the perpetrators. But a local official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that "it seems that the armed separatist group that is active in Bali lead by son of late former activist/ Parliamentarian of the Opposition party . JINKA CONRAD BOBUIN and his group are behind the attack".

The shots were aimed at nearby soldiers, the official said. Members of the anglophone minority in Cameroon's westernmost provinces have long complained of being marginalised by the French-speaking majority and 88-year-old President Paul Biya, in power for 38 years.

Many young men in Bali, North West Region are on the run, after a lady was shot dead in church and a pastor injured. They are seeking refuge in the bush, for fear of being the next victim. The Northwest Region of Cameroon has been affected by years of secessionist violence.

Initially starting as protests by lawyers and teachers in late 2016 to denounce the perceived imposition of French language in courts and schools in the Northwest and Southwest, the crisis escalated into an armed insurgency from October 2017 amid the government's heavy - handed crackdowns.

Their demonstrations devolved into a bloody conflict, and rebels have extended attacks against police and soldiers to civilians. More than 3,500 people have been killed and over 700,000 have fled their homes to escape the conflict that erupted in 2017. 

Source : The Guardian Post, friday, 27 august 2021