ANGLOPHONE CRISIS : VIOLENT CLASHES BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND AMBAZONIAN FIGHTER IN BAMENDA.
cameroondailyjournal.com|Clashes have occurred in Cameroon since Tuesday, the day after the announcement of the victory of Paul Biya in the presidential election. This is happening in the northwest, one of the two English-speaking regions.
And this morning, gunshots were heard in Bamboui, about ten kilometers from Bamenda. A police station was attacked on the Bamenda road, triggering further clashes between separatists and law enforcement.
A witness says that the military forces people to go home, nobody can venture into the street. This witness, joined by RFI, continues: “We are in the bush, we can not go out, we can not go home because some of our houses have been burned, we live like animals. ”
On site, a security source confirmed that fighting triangle formed for at least three days between the villages of Bafut, Bambui and Bambili. According to the same source, there were about 10 casualties on the secessionist side and two Cameroonian soldiers shot dead on Tuesday, when the army was launched into an assault on two separatist camps in Ngarum, in the Ndu department.
Corpses in the streets It is this offensive that has revived this cycle of clashes in western Cameroon. An offensive that would have allowed, according to a local elected, the release of at least eight hostages, women and children and the seizure of several weapons. But this offensive, according to residents, also creates panic in this zone already weakened by repeated abuses.
The dead and injured are not counted only in the separatist camp or in the army camp, there are also civilians. And one witness reports that corpses can be seen every day at the street corners. Sometimes ordinary citizens who have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.