Twenty-two people have been killed in clashes with the army in Cameroon, an opposition MP said in the latest violence to hit the restive northwest, where separatists from the English-speaking minority are fighting for greater autonomy.
The identity of those killed was not immediately clear, with the army describing them as “terrorists” and villagers saying they were criminals.
The clashes come after the US ambassador to Cameroon accused government forces earlier this month of carrying out targeted killings and other abuses in the fight against the independence-seeking militants.
Violence between insurgents and government forces has occurred almost daily in the region since a political crisis escalated in late 2016.
An army official confirmed the incident, speaking of “several neutralised terrorists”.
A group of terrorists was reported in Menka” and the military intervened to surround the hotel where they were, army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said on Facebook.