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Cameroon: two soldiers killed by separatists in Bamenda

Two Cameroonian soldiers were murdered by armed and ambushed individuals in the city of Bamenda, said Defense Minister Thursday, May 16, 2019
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05/17/2019 - 18:24
Mike Biya
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As the Prime Minister's tour ends in the crisis areas of the North West and Southwest, clashes continue to pound separatist armed groups against the Army. "In the middle of Wednesday, two soldiers riding a motorcycle in the city of Bamenda were savagely and cowardly murdered by terrorist-secessionists ambushed in homes," said the Minister in charge of Defense, in a statement this morning. Thursday.

"The immediate descent of an intervention team with the mission of cordoning off and raking the area has resulted in an exchange of blows" between soldiers and separatists, said Joseph Beti Assomo. Regretting that the military launched in pursuit of the separatists, were "taken to task by many people". "The confusion has led to clashes with the destruction of property and the burning of some houses," he added.

He also took the opportunity to reiterate a call for collaboration between local populations and the Security and Defense Forces.

Asked by the public radio, CRTV, the Governor of the North-West Region, Adolphe Lele Lafrique attributed the destruction of these homes to "some undisciplined elements", while deploring this "unfortunate reaction" of the military, to follow up on the death of their comrades.

In the morning, Buea in the south-west, violent clashes between security forces and a group of armed assailants at the entrance to the city. Fighting occurred while the Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute was in the city. The departure of the Head of Government for the town of Kumba, in the department of Meme has been delayed by these exchanges of fire, until the Regular Army master the situation and allow the convoy to take the road.

In a peace mission in the Southwest, after the North-West, the emissary of the Head of State, Paul Biya, calls the fighters of the secessionist cause to lay down their arms and join the dialogue table. "The president sends me to tell the people of the North-West that, apart from separation and secession, any political subject can be discussed and he is preparing to do so," declared the Head of Government, on May 9, at during his tour of the region.

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