Soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) secure a ceremony honouring four soldiers killed in the violence that erupted in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, where most of the country’s English-speaking minority live, on November 17, 2017 in Bamenda. Four soldiers were killed this month in less than a week, in attacks attributed to secessionist “terrorists”. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER/Getty Images
Soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) secure a ceremony honouring four soldiers killed in the violence that erupted in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, where most of the country’s English-speaking minority live, on November 17, 2017 in Bamenda. Four soldiers were killed this month in less than a week, in attacks attributed to secessionist “terrorists”. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER/Getty Images

One soldier was killed by gunmen early Wednesday in Buea of Southwest, one of Cameroon’s two war-torn English-speaking regions, the military said.

“The army is now moving from one neighbourhood to the other arresting youths. I have seen more than 50 youths arrested already,” a resident who asked not to be named told Xinhua.

A military source told Xinhua that the soldier was killed by armed separatists.

“They also abducted several civilians,” the source said.

On Tuesday, at least four civilians were shot dead in the two war-torn Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest as armed separatists began what they called a “10-day lockdown.”

Separatists have banned all sorts of activities in the regions from Tuesday to Feb. 14 in a move to disrupt National Youth Day activities expected to be celebrated on Feb. 11.

Recently, clashes between government forces and armed separatists are escalating in Cameron’s two anglophone regions. Enditem

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