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Anglophone Separatists Ambush, Kill Many Cameroon Soldiers

Soldiers of the Cameroon army also killed three separatist fighters, including a self-proclaimed General

A yet to be determined number of Cameroonian soldiers were killed in an ambush by Anglophone separatists in Ngoketunjia division of the Northwest region.

The soldiers were killed on Thursday, Sept. 16, when their armoured car hit a landmine and burst into flames, killing some of its occupants while some who jumped from the burning vehicle were murdered by separatist fighters.

The military is yet to issue any statement about this incident but separatists have posted videos of the incident on social media and are reporting that their fighters killed about 20 soldiers of the elite military unit of the Cameroonian army known as BIR.

In a separate encounter, three separatist fighters including a self-proclaimed “general” were killed on Wednesday, Sept. 15,  by the Cameroon military in Nake Bokoko, a village in Mbonge sub-division of the Mbonge division in the Southwest region.

The three separatists killed were identified as Commander Cross, Emanu Cigar and Gazola. They  were killed in their sleep. 

Two other separatist combatants who were in the same neighbourhood escaped. Reliable sources in the village say the military raid on the village was a hunt for separatist fighters who have been operating along the Kumba-Mbonge road.

The wives of the two separatists who succeeded in escaping were arrested by the army but were later released. 

The Kumba-Mbonge stretch of road in the Southwest region is one of the most dangerous highways in the region as it is infested by suspected separatist fighters who waylay travellers and extort money and valuables from them.

The separatists are said to have imposed themselves as the authority charged with settling issues involving villagers, with inhumane treatment and fines meted on them.

Villagers also confirmed the confiscation of their farms, properties, and other important items when caught by Commander Cross violating any of their orders.

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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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