Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: Locals burn suspected Amba fighter in Limbe

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
Limbe - 16-Sep-2021 - 13h36   4569                      
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Suspected separatist fighter burned in Limbe Screenshot from amateur video
The population of the city of Limbe, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, witnessed one of the goriest incidents that have taken place in recent times in the town.

News broke out about 9 p.m. that a thief had been apprehended around the Limbe Regional Hospital in Mile One. Earlier reports had indicated that the assailant had tried carting away a motorbike.

However, as many stormed the scene, it soon filtered out that the supposed thief was an alleged separatist fighter, who had been caught in possession of a bag containing arms and cartridges.

The veracity of this allegation has not been independently confirmed.

Nonetheless, the supposed Amba fighter, whose true identity remains unknown, met doom in the face of mob justice. He was stoned, but reports say he did not succumb to any pains as he struggled to escape.

The suspected separatist fighter was then stripped naked and reports say charms were found on him. This caused the angry mob to pour fuel on him to “neutralize the potency of the charms”.

Even so, the suspected Amba fighter still struggled to flee, but the fire was thrown on him, to the shock of many onlookers. Even in that state, many onlookers were amazed that the victim of mob justice did not shout out for help or defend himself in any way, but continued struggling to get the fire off his body.

Unfortunately for him, this did not bear any fruits, as the population continued adding fuel on him, to see an end to his earthly life.

Before elements of the defense and security forces arrived at the scene to disperse the crowd through gunshots, the alleged separatist fighter had been burnt to death.

Cameroon’s state forces have been battling to dislodge armed separatists who pitched their tents in the North West and South West Regions since Anglophone protests transformed into an armed conflict in 2017.

Corporate demands by Common Law Lawyers and Anglophone Teachers led to protests in November 2016. The street demonstrations later morphed into ongoing running gun battles between state forces and armed separatist fighters in the predominantly English-speaking regions, leading to untold destruction of human lives, their habitats, and livelihoods.

Tit-for-tat killings, kidnappings, arsons, maiming, and outright terror have become part of daily lives in some parts of the English-speaking regions.

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Atia T. AZOHNWI
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