Opposition parties had accused the army of orchestrating a massacre,
but army spokesman Colonel Cyrille Atonfack Guemo described the
allegations as “duplicitous”.
The United Nations said up to 22 civilians, 14 of them children,
died in Friday’s incident, which happened in in the village of Ntumbo in
Cameroon’s Northwest Region, one of two English-speaking regions that
have been grappling with separatist violence since October 2017.
The army’s explanation
An army investigation, he said, found that the deaths happened after
fuel was set ablaze during a gunfight with anglophone separatists.
Five civilians, a woman and four children, died, and “seven terrorists” were “neutralised”, Atonfack told AFP in Libreville by phone.
More than 3,000 people have died and at least 700...