Reinnier Kaze, AFP | This photo taken on June 16, 2017 shows the city of Bamenda, the Anglophone capital of northwest Cameroon.
Reinnier Kaze, AFP | This photo taken on June 16, 2017 shows the city of Bamenda, the Anglophone capital of northwest Cameroon.

At least six armed separatists were killed as a clash between government forces and separatists erupted in Bali Nyonga late Saturday, a locality in Cameroon’s English-speaking region of Northwest, security sources said on Sunday.

The clash broke out after the army stormed the area which is mostly occupied by separatists, triggering a gun battle which lasted for several hours, according to the sources.

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“Six corpses have been identified as separatists, but we are yet to know the identities of the other people who died in the battle. Several separatists escaped with wounds,” a source added.

Locals told Xinhua more soldiers have been deployed to the area, prompting the locals to escape to the bushes.

The attack came barely a day after a government-initiated national dialogue recommended that a special status should be given to the troubled Anglophone regions in a bid to end the separatist conflict.

More than 530,000 people have been displaced internally since the armed conflict started in 2017 according to the United Nations.

Separatists want minority Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest to secede from largely French-speaking Cameroon and create an independent nation they call “Ambazonia”. Enditem

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