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Cameroon startup launches drones for global market

YAOUNDE, Cameroon: Talking fast and dreaming big, William Elong shows off the first "made in Cameroon" drone at his sixth-floor workshop in downtown Douala, minutes from the economic capital's Atlantic seafront. The 25-year-old, known as a high-flyer after being named one of Forbes' most promising young Africans under 30, is enthusing about his new unmanned aerial drones and keen to promote his company and Africa as a place where IT and new tech can flourish. We must "get out of the Afro-centric vision of business" to…

Female suicide bomber kills one, wounds 28 in Cameroon

YAOUNDE: A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a cafe in Cameroon's far north region on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding 28 others, witnesses told AFP. Witnesses said the woman entered the cafe at around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) before detonating her explosive vest in Bia, a village close to the border with Nigeria. The area has seen frequent attacks by the Boko Haram group in recent years. Those hurt in the blast were taken to a nearby hospital, witnesses said. Since 2014, when Cameroon began its…

Banana salvages World Cup draw for Cameroon

JOHANNESBURG: Yaya Banana scored in stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Cameroon in Zambia Saturday at the end of a disappointing World Cup Group B campaign for the African champions. Zambia teenager Patson Daka opened the scoring and set up Brian Mwila to put the hosts ahead again after a 1-1 stalemate at half-time in the central city of Ndola. Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa claimed the first Cameroon equaliser and Banana’s glancing header restored parity a minute into additional time. The result saw the…

At least 17 killed in Cameroon separatist clashes: Amnesty

BAMENDA, Cameroon: At least 17 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, Amnesty International said, as violence broke out in an area where a separatist movement is gathering strength. The clashes began on Sunday after local groups called protests against what they say is their marginalisation by the Francophone-dominated government of the country’s long-time ruler, Paul Biya. Witnesses said security forces opened fire, often at close range. Ilaria…

15 killed in suspected militant attack in Cameroon

YAOUNDE: Fifteen people were shot dead in an overnight attack in north Cameroon, blamed on Boko Haram militants , a security source said on Friday. The attack happened in the town of Gakara close to the Nigerian border, the security source in the region said. "Boko Haram shot 15 people dead... and kidnapped eight people three of whom were returned on Friday," added the source, who wished to remain anonymous. A total of 35 houses were torched in the attack which happened around 11:00 pm (2200 GMT) according to a…

Cameroon train disaster toll rises to at least 60

YAOUNDE: At least 60 people were killed and nearly 600 injured when a packed train derailed between Cameroon's two main cities, officials said Saturday, as distraught relatives desperately sought news of missing loved ones. With the dead and injured scattered between different hospitals, authorities were working flat out to cope with the scale of the disaster. At Yaounde's main hospital, where the morgue was holding 29 bodies including those of babies, distraught relatives thronged the corridors. The first person allowed…