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Suspected Anglophone Separatists Attack Francophone Village In Cameroon, Kill 2, Injure 3

The separatists allegedly hid behind a snack shop before pouncing on unsuspecting civilians in the village.

Two persons were killed and three others wounded in an attack by suspected Anglophone separatists on Kombou, a village in the Francophone west region of Cameroon on Monday, May 31, 2021.

According to eyewitness accounts, the armed group appeared at a snack bar owned by one Tiekeu Ngaham, a 43-year-old businessman, and started firing indiscriminately at customers.

“On their arrival in the snack bar, they turned off the lights and opened fire on the customers,” an eyewitness said.

“They killed two of the customers and seriously wounded three. Afterwards, they searched the other customers and took away their money, mobile phones and other valuables.” 

The attackers escaped into the dark before the arrival of gendarmes from the Babadjou brigade and the Balepo post of the polyvalent intervention group.

Those killed were identified as Khan Desmond, 25, and his brother Tening Clovis Khan, 23. The wounded are being treated at the Kombou integrated health centre, the Babadjou sub divisional health centre, and the Mbouda district hospital.

Inside sources in Kombou reveal that the attack was a punitive expedition on the two killed individuals whom the separatists accuse of being informants to security forces and traitors to the Anglophone cause.

The attack took place not far away from Matazem village, the scene of another attack in Francophone Cameroon by Anglophone separatists on Jan. 8, 2021 during which four security officers and two civilians were killed. 

The Jan. attackers on Matazem numbered over 50 and came heavily armed on motor bikes. This time around, the attackers slipped into the snack bar and put off the lights making it difficult for onlookers to determine their numbers.

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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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