Four Cameroonian soldiers, captured on a video that circulated in 2018, have been sentenced to 10 years for their roles in shooting dead two women and two children in 2015.
A fifth soldier was sentenced to two years for filming and sharing the footage of the incident.
The victims included a baby tied to one of the women’s backs. They were then marched down a dusty road, blindfolded and shot 22 times.
Out of the seven who were put on trial by a military court in the capital, Yaoundé, two were acquitted.
The killings, which was earlier denied by the government showed the victims being hooded and shot.
Cameroonian government first claimed the videos were fake but later arrested the culprits. The government spokesperson said the film was shot in Mali and the uniforms shown in the footage were not ones used by soldiers in that area of Cameroon.
The incident happened in a village in the far north of Cameroon and three of the soldiers who pulled the trigger were identified.
The video showed the soldiers accusing the women of involvement with Boko Haram – the militant Islamist group whose insurgency in neighbouring Nigeria had spread across the border.