Separatists hit Cameroon defense minister's convoy, 10 dead

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military says 10 armed Anglophone separatists have been killed after staging an attack against the country's defense minister during a visit to a town in the restive southwest.

Spokesman Col. Didier Badjeck says Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo was leading a military delegation to motivate soldiers in the town of Kumba late Thursday when separatists hiding in nearby bushes started shooting at the convoy. The military fired back. Several delegation members were injured but the minister was unharmed.

More than 100 attackers who fled are being pursued.

The armed separatists in Cameroon's southwest and northwest are fighting for the creation of an English-speaking state they call Ambazonia. They had warned the defense minister against visiting their regions.

Security is a growing concern as largely French-speaking Cameroon faces October elections.