Mine Explosion In Cameroon Kills Top Government Officials, Army Commander

The improvised explosive device was allegedly planted by anglophone separatists in Bekora, Cameroon, with several officials dead.

The sub-prefect of Ekondo-Titi sub-division —Timothee Aboloa— and his driver, the mayor of Ekondo-Titi municipality, Keneth Nanje, the President of the ruling party (CPDM) section, Ebeku William, and army adjutant, Akono were killed by a landmine on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. 

The group was travelling when they hit a landmine in Bekora, Ndian division of the Southwest region of Cameroon. All indications point to the suspicion that the improvised explosive device was planted by English-speaking separatists.

“The convoy of the mayor and sub-prefect was on a socio-economic tour when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Bekora, a locality situated in the Ekondo-Titi sub division,” revealed the Senior Divisional Officer for Ndian division, under which jurisdiction Ekondo-Titi is placed, Gilbert Guibai Baldena confirmed. 

Reacting to the news, Human Rights Watch, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) said, “Faced with such human losses, it is essential that the government guarantees an efficacious investigation so that not only the victims can obtain justice but also to discourage future attacks and reinforce the protection of the rights to life and education.” 

Though Anglophone separatists are suspected of having placed the landmine that killed the government functionaries, no faction of the feuding separatist groups has as yet claimed responsibility for the incident.

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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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