The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack which occurred during the 28th edition of the Mt Cameroon Race of Hope last Saturday, has been condemned by several rights organizations, including the Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA).
The organization took to their social media platforms, condemning in “strong terms” the targeting of athletes during the race in Buea.
About 19 persons are reported to have been injured in the incident.
“The attacks, which severely wounded several athletes participating in the competition and some admirers is unacceptable” the CHRDA said in a statement.
“The attack against unarmed civilians constitutes atrocious crimes under international human rights and humanitarian law.”
The organization has urged the Cameroon government to investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.
It is worth noting that the incident did not perturb the race from continuing.
Adamu Issa Buba finished first in the men’s category, while Tatah Carine emerged winner in the women’s category.
The event took place at a time when the Southwest region is still facing insecurity, as a result of the armed conflict that has disrupted activities in the two English-speaking regions of the country for over six years.
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