By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Friday, March 13, 2020.
At least fifteen soldiers of the Cameroon armed forces have been killed in the last five days in three well-known locations, National Telegraph can confirm. The Central African country is embattled by armed conflict in its North West and South West regions.
The military lost at least ten (10) of its soldiers in an attack in Badjie, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, security sources say. Locals now seeking refuge in nearby areas also say the attack was well-coordinated by Ambazonia fighters in the area.
Badjie is a Cameroonian village in the Boki clan, Akwaya Subdivision, Manyu Division, South West Region bordering Nigeria, situated along the banks of the River Manyu just before Agbokim Waterfall in Nigeria. Badjie is closest to Dadi a famous Cameroonian village that was attacked by the military in late 2017.
Badjie was hosting twelve (12) elements of the Cameroon military who were camping on the village town hall, security sources say, adding that two (2) were saved because they had luckily crossed over to Nduap just before the attack.
Nduap speaks Boki but it’s under Eyumojock Subdivision, still in Manyu. The people of Nduap recently migrated from Badjie, crossed the river and settled just directly opposite Badjie. The split came as a result of a chieftaincy crisis following the actions of a certain Pa Edi Amin now chief of Nduap.
Four security officers were also killed Saturday, March 7, 2020, from an attack in Galim in the country’s West region. This attack was immediately followed by another in Bamenda, capital of the North West where a locally made bomb exploded on Women’s Day – Sunday, March 8, 2020, leading to the death of one soldier and injuring others.
The Central African country has been battling to contain an armed conflict in its North West and South West now in its third year. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, referred to as President of Ambazonia, the new state rebels are battling to establish declared the Restoration of Independence for these regions in 2017.
At least, 14000 people have so far been killed in battles and military raids with over 400 villages burnt down. Thousands are held across various detention facilities, including Ayuk Tabe and nine others sentenced for life. Over two million remain displaced as refugees and IDPs since the beginning of the crisis.