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Bloody Week For Cameroonian Forces, Record Six Deaths, Kill 14 Separatists

It has been a very bloody week for Cameroon security forces fighting separatists in the two English-speaking regions of the country.

Four soldiers and one journalist were killed on Wednesday as they returned from the installation of administrative officers in the Momo Division of the Northwest region.

The four soldiers were yet to be identified but the journalist was identified as Rebecca Liwusi Jeme, the Momo Divisional Delegate for Communication.

They were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling hit an improvised explosive devise. The device is suspected to have been planted by separatist fighters.

Elsewhere on the border between the northwest and western region, two gendarmes and one civilian were killed early Friday morning when suspected armed separatists attacked a security checkpoint along the Babadjou-Matazem highway.

Another gendarme serving at the Mbouda gendarmerie company was wounded as well as a truck driver.

Babadjou is in the west region while Matazem is in the northwest region.

The dead security forces include a gendarme serving at the Mbouda gendarmerie company, another serving at the Babadjou gendarmerie brigade and a police inspector attached to the Mbouda police station.

A week earlier, on new year’s eve, a soldier sustained serious injuries following an attack by separatist fighters around Wum. A subsequent retaliatory operation by security forces led to the killing of two persons whose names were given as Kum Bam Gilbert and Ngong Godlove.

Meanwhile, the Cameroon Army on Friday destroyed a separatist camp in Bulu near Mundemba, Ndian division in the southwest region.

According to military sources, 14 separatist fighters were killed and a number of arms were also seized while the camp was completely destroyed.

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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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