By Eric Tataw – Sunday May 26, 2019.
At least five persons have been killed in a gun battle that occurred at about 4 PM, Sunday May 26, 2019, sources in Bomaka, a precinct near Buea, capital of Cameroon’s restive South West Region where the incident happened have told National Telegraph.
Reports say a bus transporting passengers from Kumba, another South West restive town to Buea was intercepted at around Miss Bright Street and in the course of a crossfire between the Cameroon Military and Ambazonia fighters in Bomaka, two Ambazonia fighters and three elements of the Cameroon military died.
The entire neighbourhood is in panic, a source told National Telegraph, adding that a military armoured car has been stationed in the area. The gun shots were intensive and deafening, our source noted, adding that Bomaka was a theater of war from about 4 PM, Sunday May 26, when the incident started.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
For the longest time now, gun battles between Pro-Independence fighters and the Cameroon Military have been repetitive while the local population is paying a heavy price, rights groups say. The most disturbing fact is that the Cameroon government continue to deny any avenue for an all-inclusive dialogue despite calls from the UN, US, among others.