Cameroon Deploys Soldiers In The East After Passenger Train Attack.

By Bashar Musa

Picture of one of Cameroon’s passenger train taken in 2012

Unidentified gunmen in Cameroon have attacked and shot at a passenger train belonging to the country’s national train service, CAMRAIL, Thursday, January 25, 2019. National Telegraph has been told the incident happened in the town of Belabo in Belabo Sub-division, Lom and Djerem Division, in the country’s East Region.

The passenger train left the town of Ngaoundere in Adamawa Region of Cameroon for Cameroon’s capital city Yaoundé when gunmen attacked it at the small train terminal town of Belabo, CAMRAIL officials have told National Telegraph.

A correspondent from the city of Bertoua, capital of the East Region hinted some passengers were wounded during the attack but the exact figures have not been made public by local administrative authorities as well as CAMRAIL authorities in charge of rail transport in Cameroon.

National Telegraph has also gathered that soldiers have been deployed to the town of Belabo to track down those behind the armed attack after a security meeting was called by local administrators. The victims, reports say have been moved to Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital, their original destination for treatment. No deaths have reported, an eyewitness said.

Belabo hosts a rail terminal which links the rail lines from the South to Northern parts of Cameroon, lying on the Yaoundé-Ngaoundéré railway line. Near the town lies the Sanaga-Yong chimpanzee rescue center. Belabo and the entire East Region have been buried in insecurity as the war in neighbouring Central African Republic spilled across Cameroon’s Eastern borders.

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