A crackdown on separatists appears to radicalise many anglophones.An administrative official was snatched over the weekend of February 24th – 25th from one of Cameroon's restive English‐speaking regions in the second such kidnapping in a fortnight, state media reported.The man was taken by armed men near Batibo, the same area from which another local official was taken on February 11th. The abduction was claimed by the so‐called Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF), an armed group of anglophone separatists from a self‐proclaimed republic independent from the majority French‐speaking country.The ADF, headed by firebrand former student trade unionist Lucas Cho Ayaba, also snatched Namata Diteng, deputy head of the Batibo district earlier in February.Dozens of people have been killed since October in Cameroon's two restive anglophone regions following a violent government crackdown on protests against the mainly French‐speaking government.The situation worsened at the end of January when 47 separatists, including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, one of their leaders, were arrested in Nigeria, which sent them back to Cameroon, prompting a fresh wave of violence.Aside from targeting police and soldiers, some separatist groups appear to be turning to kidnapping, as well as threatening French firms located in English‐speaking areas.“There is an escalation of violence, undoubtedly,” said
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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