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The army in Cameroon has confirmed that soldiers have killed nine civilians, including an 18-month-old girl.
An army spokesman said a group of soldiers opened fire when they encountered hostile villagers in Missong, in the country’s North-West region, earlier this month.
The spokesman described the use of weapons as “inappropriate and manifestly disproportionate”.
Cameroon’s ministry of defence says four soldiers have been arrested following the shooting.
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An investigation has been launched into the killings.
In the same region two years ago, 21 civilians including 13 children and a pregnant woman were killed by Cameroonian soldiers in the village of Ngarbuh.
Two soldiers and a gendarme were later charged with murder, arson, destruction, violence against a pregnant woman and disobeying orders.
But human rights organisations denounced a slow, unfair trial and the absence of the top army officials among the accused persons.