Triple blasts wound 19 at Cameroon marathon (+VIDEO)

TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (MNA) – At least 19 people were injured in an explosion Saturday during an annual race contest in Cameroon.

Multiple short explosions at a running race in Cameroon’s English-speaking region left 19 athletes wounded, a local doctor told the Reuters news agency.

The blasts took place on Saturday in Buea, the regional capital of the Southwest region where separatists are fighting government forces.

The wounded athletes were being treated for blast injuries, the doctor said.

“Nineteen athletes have been brought to our facility with injuries. We have operated upon three of them. Their condition is stable and we haven’t recorded any deaths,” Martin Mokake, the director of Buea Regional Hospital, told Reuters by phone.

One of those being treated was a Gabonese citizen, he added, according to Al Jazeera.

The 529 race participants included local runners as well as athletes from East, Central and Northern Africa and France. They were running up the highest mountain in West and Central Africa as they competed in the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope.

The armed wing of Ambazonia Governing Council, one of the separatist armed groups in the region, claimed responsibility for the blasts.

There was no immediate comment from the authorities in Buea.


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