Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: One civilian killed, four wounded in Mbalangi shootout

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
Mbalangi - 16-Sep-2021 - 13h34   4158                      
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At least one person was confirmed dead and four others wounded in a shootout between the Cameroon military and gunmen suspected to be Ambazonia fighters in Mbalangi, Mbonge Subdivision, Meme Division of the South West region.

The incident, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, September 14, led to the death of Vanessa Akame Ndopo while Antonia Tako, Claudine Ngum, Florence Bando, and Emilia Moaperi were seriously wounded.

According to a survivor, they boarded a vehicle from Limbe to Kumba.

Arriving at Mbalangi, though with heavy rain they came across three gunmen who told them to continue their journey. However, a minute they met two others, and after they saw a military vehicle approaching.

She narrated that they were taken aback at the sounds of gunshots emanating from behind immediately when the gunmen saw the military vehicle approaching.

The source said though still in a state of confusion, they sought ways to protect themselves as bullets were raining from both fronts.

Unfortunately, four persons at the back seat sustained bullet injuries while one reportedly died.

According to the medic’s report, the deceased was shot on her head while two of the victims were shot on their backs, one on her thigh and the other on the head though they remain stable as no signs of unconsciousness were recorded.

A friend of the deceased narrated that: “We were supposed to travel together from Limbe to Kumba for the burial of my late father in Mamfe. I went to the bus station earlier than Vanessa, paid our transport fare, waited for her to no avail. When our vehicle was about to leave for Kumba, I called her not to come again because we were already on our way.

Unfortunately, I didn't know she decided to travel again. I only learned of her demise when one of the passengers used her phone to call me”.

The mortal remains of the deceased were later deposited at the Kumba District Hospital mortuary while the others continue to receive treatment at the emergency ward of the same hospital.

At press time another victim of the crossfire had reportedly been rushed to the emergency ward of the Kumba District Hospital.

Meanwhile, in two separate video clips, two Amba leaders were divided over the rumored lockdown.

Christopher Anu of the Interim government said his faction is in support of a lockdown from September 15 to October 2 while Lucas Cho Ayaba of the Ambazonia Defence Forces qualified the decision as punishment on the population of the two regions.

Some parts of the troubled North West and South West regions have been respecting the separatist-imposed lockdown since Wednesday. Those who were unable to leave the restive areas ahead of the lockdown are left at the mercy of fate.


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