Eleven students were injured when an explosive device exploded at their university in Pouya, southwestern Cameroon, the capital of one of the two English-speaking regions where armed groups are waging a separatist rebellion.
“The explosive device was thrown from the roof of the university’s runway, fell to the ground and exploded,” Vice Dean of the university, Horace Ngomo Manga, told Cameroonian state radio station CRTV.
He added that the explosion “resulted in the injury of 11 students, a boy and ten girls,” noting that their condition is “stable.”
The university official did not mention any details about the nature of the explosive device and who might be behind the attack.
No party claimed responsibility for the attack, but armed separatists regularly attack schools and universities they accuse of promoting education in the French language, and the rebels have recently intensified their attacks on the army with improvised explosive devices.
Buea is the capital of the southwestern region, which together with its northwestern neighbour, constitutes the two English-speaking regions of a country where the majority of the population is French.about:blank
For four years, these two regions have witnessed an armed rebellion, punctuated by almost daily confrontations between the army and separatist groups calling for the independence of “Ambazonia”, the name given by these English-speaking groups to their regions.
The separatist conflict in Cameroon since 2017, has killed more than 3,500 people and displaced 700,000, according to the United Nations and international organizations.