Two protestors were killed and 10 others were wounded in Cameroon’s northwest, in the latest bout of violence to hit the English-speaking region of the mostly Francophone country.
Friday’s violence occurred in Ndop, about 40 kilometers to the east after police opened fire when a crowd of about 100 people descended on the police station.
Witnesses said they were demanding the release of people arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a French-speaking school last Wednesday.
The northwestern town of Bamenda has experienced numerous protests since November when lawyers and teachers claimed their rights were being neglected by Cameroon’s French-speaking majority.
The protests have since spread and come as a rare test for long-standing President Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon since 1982.
In December, police shot dead four protestors in Bamenda during a march against the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement.
Human rights groups have raised concerns on police brutality following a series of crackdown on protesters.