A 62-year-old Red Cross employee has been reported killed in Cameroon, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Diomède Nzobambona, a Canadian, died on Monday following injuries he sustained on Sunday during an attack in Bamenda, North-West Cameroon.
Nzobambona was a delegate working in the fields of water and sanitation in the restive North-West Anglophone region. He had worked for the ICRC since 2003 and had been under contract with the Canadian Red Cross between 2007 and 2012, said the ICRC.
“Words are not enough to express our immense sadness nor to soothe the grief of his family and loved ones. We send them our sincere condolences and the expression of our deepest sympathy,” said Markus Brudermann, the head of the delegation for the ICRC in Cameroon.
The ICRC said the deceased was in Bamenda to provide humanitarian assistance to communities affected by armed violence.
The English-speaking North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon have been dogged by an insurgency for four years now sparked by armed separatist groups who are battling government troops since declaring an independent country, Ambazonia — made up of the two English-speaking regions.
One worshipper was shot dead and a pastor was wounded when men in military uniform opened fire at a church during a church service in Bali, Bamenda’s capital, on Sunday.
Days before the church attack, a seven-year-old primary school pupil was killed in Kumbo during a crossfire between government troops and armed separatists.
In July, five police officers were killed in an ambush by armed separatists in the region.
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