Yaound, Oct 26 (AFP) Gunmen have killed a linguistics professor in francophone Cameroon’s volatile English-speaking Northwest Region, hit by a bloody separatist campaign and a brutal security crackdown, a university official said Friday. Also Read - China must act to stem Myanmar's runaway meth trade: report

Paul Kuban Mbufong was shot dead on Thursday while going to work in the University of Bamenda, the institution’s rector, Emmanuel Suh Cheo, said in a statement. Also Read - 13 Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive: official

“He was killed by unidentified attackers who followed him to the place where he tried to hide” behind a nearby town hall, Cheo said, calling it a “macabre act”. Also Read - Nigerian army deploys for battle to reclaim key town from Boko Haram

University staff said the murder of the academic, who was also in charge of administration, bore the hallmarks of the “Amba boys,” or separatists fighting for an independent English-speaking state called Ambazonia.

The two anglophone regions in western Cameroon are the site of an uprising by armed separatists, who have also called for a boycott of local schools. They argue the French-language education system penalises English-speaking students.

Since the start of the new term in September, insurgents have killed one principal, mutilated a teacher and attacked several high schools.

The violence, which erupted last year, has claimed the lives of at least 420 civilians, 175 members of the security forces and an unknown number of separatists, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank.(AFP) AMS AMS

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.