“We insist on this because this act has now crossed the red line and we must say that ‘enough is enough,'” read the statement.
Cameroon has been embroiled in a civil war known as the “Anglophone Crisis” in which armed separatists from the Anglophone regions of the country in the Northwest and Southwest have taken part in an uprising against government forces. Both sides have been accused of atrocities, including the murder and torture of civilians.
The conflict has killed thousands and displaced as many as 500,000 since 2014.
On September 6 suspected militant separatists opened fire on a bus in Muyuka, killing at least six civilians.
In their statement, the bishops said that the Catholic church has increasingly been targeted by attackers.
“A wave of persecutions against the hierarchy of the Church is now the new game of the “Struggle,” and all kinds of threat messages are sent out against missionaries who have surrendered their lives to work for the people,” read the bishops’ statement which noted that Presbyterian and Baptist churches have also been targeted.
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