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Separatists Ambush Cameroonian Soldiers, Kill 7 In Northwest Region

Cameroon soldiers have recently been victims of different explosive attacks in the Northwest region, leading to heavy casualties

Seven soldiers of the elite Rapid Intervention Battalion of the Cameroon army, known as BIR were killed in an ambush by Anglophone separatists on the Kumbo-Tatum highway.

According to unofficial security sources, the soldiers were returning on Sunday, Sept. 12 around 9 a.m. from Ndu where they had gone to carry the corpses of two of their colleagues who had been killed in a landmine explosion when the armoured car in which they were travelling hit an improvised explosive device.

“The armoured car was demobilised on the spot and the soldiers who jumped out of it engaged the separatists in an exchange of gunfire resulting in the death of seven soldiers,” a security source told HumAngle. “Casualties on the side of the separatists are not known, if any.”

A local separatist group known as the Bui Warriors operating in Bui Division of the Northwest region has claimed responsibility for the attack. The army is yet to make a statement on the heavy casualties it is suffering in the Northwest region in recent weeks.

There has been a marked proliferation in explosives involving locally-manufactured improvised devices in the Northwest region in the past few weeks.

Due to the bad situation of the roads in the region which slow down movement in most local communities, army vehicles including armoured cars are easy targets at the mercy of separatists who master the terrain more than the visiting national army soldiers.

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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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