By G9ija

At least two civilians were killed on Wednesday in clashes between government forces and separatist fighters in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region hosting Group F of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Five other persons including a lawyer were injured during the clashes that erupted around 8:35 a.m. local time in the town of Buea, the chief town of the region, a local official who asked not to be named told Xinhua by phone.

There was no report on casualties in the army and the militias.

Separatist leaders released a video of the shootings on social media, saying their fighters carried out the attack to prevent the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from taking part in the troubled region.

The Malian national football team that was training in the stadium in the town suspended the session when the gunshots went off.

Group F of AFCON rivals including Tunisia, Mali, The Gambia and Mauritania were held their opening matches on Wednesday in the host town of Limbe, located some 20 km from Buea.

Mali and The Gambia are lodged in Buea.

Separatist leaders had maintained that no AFCON game would take place in the Anglophone region, theatre of an armed separatist conflict in the last four years.

Cameroon’s army has deployed additional ammunition and hundreds of troops who patrol the region day and night.