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Anglophone Separatists Kill 2 Gendarmes In Francophone Cameroon

The Governor of the western region confirmed the death and commiserated with the colleagues and family of the deceased.

Anglophone separatist fighters, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 killed two gendarmes in the advance post of Zavion, Babadjou sub-division of the Western region of Cameroon.

According to eyewitness accounts, the separatist fighters who numbered over 20 were said to have come from Pinyin in Mezam, Northwest region and attacked the gendarmerie post in the morning, killing the two gendarmes whose names were given as Pierre Ngaba of the Babadjou brigade and Renald Assong of the intervention unit.

The bodies of the gendarmes were dismembered by the separatists, an eyewitness said.

Awa Fonka Augustine, Governor of the Western Region, who received the first official brief on the incident, visited the scene immediately to bring solace to the colleagues and the families of the deceased.


“It is regrettable that in spite of all the appeals for dialogue and reconciliation, people continue to close their ears,” the Governor declared during the visit.

He admonished the local populations to collaborate with the security forces by giving intelligence information to the forces of law and order concerning any separatist fighters in their midst.

Besides killing the two gendarmes, the separatists took away their two guns and destroyed merchandise belonging to some business people in the village.

Following the incident, security forces carried out thorough searches in the area leading to the recovery of ammunition and the motorbikes that were used by the separatists.

An urgent security plan was immediately put in place to safeguard the zone.


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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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