The Cameroon government has arrested four soldiers suspected of shooting dead two women and two children in the country’s far north where its army is battling jihadist group Boko Haram, security sources told Reuters.
In a shocking video that has since gone viral, men wearing military uniforms similar to those of some units of the Cameroonian army executing two women and their two children, on their knees.
An army officer in Cameroon’s Dad North region, said the soldiers were arrested last Sunday. A second security source said three of the soldiers had been transferred to the capital Yaounde while the fourth was still being held in Maroua, the capital of the Far North.
The two uniformed men are seen harrassing the women; slapping one of the women and saying ‘You are going to die you BH’. BH in Cameroon refers to the Islamist group Boko Haram.
The video which looks like it was filmed on a mobile phone has someone commenting on the shocking scenes, explaining that the women were captured during an assault on Boko Haram.
The two women are led up a small hill, blindfolded, before all four are shot in the back. The cold blooded military men fire close to twenty bullets, including close-up shots on the corpses of the women and the littele children.
The videos have shocked the nation, including the authorities, who say an investigation has been opened to authenticate the video.
Governmenet spokesperson Issa Tchiroma Bakary, had initially said that the footage is “fake news” and the men wearing army uniform didn’t look like Cameroonian soldiers.
He was however quick to add that in this era of ‘fake news’, they couldn’t rule out the possibility that enemies of the government could use such a ploy to frame the authorities.
‘‘We haven’t authenticated yet, but I draw your attention to what we call fake news. Do not be peremptory in the attribution of this video to the Cameroonian army. Because the enemy is always able to slip into our defence and security forces to attribute to us such heinous crimes,’‘ Bakary had said.
However, two Cameroonian security sources told AFP that the video may have been filmed in a mountainous area in the Far North region of Cameroon, bordering some Nigerian strongholds in Boko Haram.
The Cameroonian army is engaged there to counter the frequent incursions of fighters of the jihadist group.
The broadcast of this very violent video provoked controversy and outrage on social networks.
A local NGO, the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (Rhedac), claimed to have “cross-checked” the information contained in the video, claiming to be able to attest to its “authenticity”.
Watch the horrific video below….