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Anglophone Separatists Kill Soldier, Policeman In Magba, Cameroon

While there has been a lull in separatist attacks in the two restive regions, there has been a spike in recent times in attacks against some towns and villages in French-speaking Cameroon, which share borders with the Anglophone regions.

Police inspector Jeremie Adjowo and first-class Cameroonian soldier, Idriss Tchagou, were killed yesterday by suspected Anglophone separatist fighters in Kengo within the Magba subdivision of the Noun division in the French-speaking Western region.

The two officers were carried on the same motorcycle and were on their way to report to their new postings. 

Inspector Jeremie Adjowo, was from the Bafoussam Central Police Station, while soldier Idriss Tchagou was from the 51st motorised infantry battalion in Dshang, and both were travelling to Kengo where they had just been posted.

“The motorcycle carrying them was stopped midway to Kengo by the separatists who opened fire, killing the two. The motorcycle was seized from its owner by the separatists. The motorcyclist escaped with his life. 


“We have lost material and weapons carried by the two elements as well as the motorcycle,” revealed the sub-prefect of Magba, Jean-Claude Eloundou.

On hearing the gunshots, the population organised themselves in groups to track down the separatists but they had already disappeared into thin air.

“Here in Magba, the population feels bad. We are not at ease. It is difficult to even go to the farm these days. We are all afraid. We all feel that the government should reinforce the military presence here,” one frightened inhabitant of Magba declared. 

Meanwhile, the corpses of the soldier and policeman have been taken to the Bafoussam regional hospital mortuary, awaiting official instructions.

Some localities of the French-speaking Western region of Cameroon share boundaries with the restive English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest, thus exposing them to sporadic incursions by Anglophone separatist fighters.

While there has been a lull in separatist attacks in the two restive regions, there has been a spike in recent times in attacks against some towns and villages in French-speaking Cameroon, which share borders with the Anglophone regions.


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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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