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Cameroon Army Blamed For Massacre Of Civilians On Friday

AFP: Cameroon army blames accident for village 'massacre'

Yaoundé (AFP) - Cameroon's army on Monday denied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubled anglophone region, blaming instead an "unfortunate accident" caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight.

Up to 22 civilians, 14 of them children, died in the incident on Friday, according to the United Nations -- deaths which opposition parties blamed on members of the armed forces.

But army spokesman Colonel Cyrille Atonfack Guemo described the allegations as "duplicitous."

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.

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More News On The Cameroon Army Being Blamed For A Massacre Of Civilians On Friday

Children among 22 killed in attack on Cameroon village -- BBC
Children make up more than half of dead in Cameroon village massacre -- France 24
14 children among dozens killed in Cameroon attack, UN says -- CNN
UN: 14 children among at least 22 dead in Cameroon massacre -- Al Jazeera

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