Separatist fighters in Cameroon’s Anglophone region have
set off an improvised explosive device (IED) in the town of
Limbe which will host Group F matches of the Africa Cup
According to local police, no one was injured in the
explosion which went off early Thursday at Half Mile
neighbourhood of the city.
Limbe will host Group F AFCON matches involving Tunisia,
Mali, Mauritania and Gambia.
Separatist fighters who have vowed to disrupt AFCON in
the city said on social media they were responsible for the
blast and stressed that it was “a warning sign of what we
will do during AFCON”.
Separatist leaders had said they do not want AFCON
matches to take place in a region “at war”.
Cameroon army has deployed additional ammunitions and
troops to the region.
The troops undertake routine day and night patrols.
Separatists had since 2017 been clashing with government
forces in Anglophone regions of Southwest and Northwest
where they want to create an independent nation they call
AFCON will officially begin on Sunday in the capital
Yaounde and will run for four weeks.