30, September 2018
The US has implored the government of Cameroon to hold its soldiers to account. The call follows a recent investigation by BBC’s Africa Eye, which revealed Cameroonian soldiers are behind atrocities against civilians in the country.
Pentagon spokeswoman Maj Sheryll Klinkel said the US military was working with the State Department to “ensure the government of Cameroon holds accountable any individuals found to be responsible”.
BBC Africa Eye’s investigation showed two women and two young children being led away at gunpoint by a group of Cameroonian soldiers. The captives were blindfolded, forced to the ground, and shot 22 times.
The investigation revealed where the incident happened, when it happened, and who is responsible for the killing.
The government of Cameroon initially dismissed the video as “fake news” but subsequently arrested some of the soldiers captured in the video.
According to reports by VOA, the US has about 300 military personnel in Cameroon as part of an international effort to stop the spread of violent extremism in West Africa.