Senator Shot Dead in CameroonThe fighters allegedly shot Kemende in the chest at close range, and he was later brought to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to Jean Michel Nintcheu of Kemende's Social Democratic Front political party, Senator Henry Kemende was shot by suspected separatist fighters in the English-speaking city on Tuesday.
Separatists aiming to create an independent English-speaking state in the majority French-speaking country were also blamed by lawmakers and officials.
Teachers and lawyers protested alleged discrimination by the French-speaking majority in Cameroon's English-speaking North West and South West regions in 2017, resulting in violence. Separatist organizations took up arms, claiming to be protecting civilians, as the military retaliated with a crackdown.
Kemende has been recognized as an inspirational figure in Cameroon by Richard Tamfu, a human rights lawyer and member of the Cameroon Bar Council.
Separatists have not claimed responsibility for the kidnappings and murders, but fighters have repeatedly threatened and demanded resignations from those they suspect of collaborating with Cameroon's central government in Yaounde.