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4 Soldiers, 3 Separatist ‘Generals’ Die In Military Offensives In Cameroon’s Northwest Region

A combined military onslaught on separatist positions has led to the death of several ‘Generals’ in Northwest Cameroon.

Four national army soldiers and three separatist ‘generals’ were killed during a military campaign dubbed “Operation Clean Kumbo” carried out by the military in Bui Division of Northwest Cameroon.

According to Nka Valere, a Brig.-Gen. and Commander of the 5th Joint Military Region, the three separatist “generals” killed during a 32-day military operation are ‘General Thunder,’ ‘General Abakwa,’ and ‘General Spider.’ 

Ten motorbikes, five AK-47 rifles, dane guns, charms, gallons of contraband fuel, equipment used in manufacturing improvised explosive devices, among other items were recovered from the separatists.

“Operation Clean Kumbo” was led by the Commander of the 51st Motorized Infantry Brigade, Col. Matiang Charles Alain, who led a 300-person squad to undertake the assignment.

Speaking in Kumbo on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 flanked by the Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) of Bui, Lanyuy Harry, Col. Alain regretted that the army lost four soldiers, adding that his combatants sacked several separatist hideouts, killing many armed separatists, and wounding many who are currently on the run. Among the separatists injured is ‘General No Pity,’ he said.

On his part, Brig.-Gen. Nka Valere lauded the soldiers who took part in the operation for successfully completing phase one of “Operation Clean Kumbo,” adding that with some separatist fighters like ‘General No Pity’ still on the run, the troops must remain on the alert.

He called on the soldiers to remain professional as they fight to weed out separatist fighters from the Northwest region.

The Senior Divisional Officer for Bui, Lanyuy Harry called on the government to send more vehicles and security forces to Bui to protect the people and their properties as the poor state of the roads has rendered the vehicles currently at the disposal of the security forces almost obsolete.

He regretted that economic operators who had started investing in the division fled after the armed groups made life difficult for them.

“We had institutions of higher learning in addition to the hospital facilities here; that is the Banso Baptist Hospital and Shishong Cardiac Centre. These are jewels we have,” the SDO declared.

“This is in addition to the agricultural prowess of the Division. Visitors were trooping here every day, either for education, healthcare, or for purchases. Our humble appeal is for the fighters in the bushes to drop their arms and join the DDR centers. Their place is in this republic.” 

The operation took the security forces to Verkovi, Mbiame, Ibal, and parts of Nwa in the Donga Mantung division.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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