B’da Killings: ADF Claims Responsibility

 Police Control at City Chemist  November 21, 2016 /caption]

The Killing of two gendarme officers in Bamenda in the wee hours of Wednesday has been claimed by the Ambazonian Defense Forces –ADF according to a report by the Reuters News Agency.  

The report states “Cho Ayaba, a leading member of the Ambazonian Governing Council, a separatist body established to create an independent state called Ambazonia, said secessionist militants killed three gendarmes in two coordinated attacks in Bamenda, the capital of the predominantly English-speaking Northwest region

A senior official of the Ministry of Communication, Felix Zogo,  Inspector General at MINCOM  confirmed the killing of the gendarmes on his face book profile where he also expressed is personal sentiments on the attack and the crisis.

Ayaba said members of the Ambazonian Defence Force, an armed wing of the separatist movement, killed two gendarmes in a first attack around 2 a.m. at a checkpoint near Bamenda airport, and a third was killed in an ambush on a gendarme patrol unit in a Bamenda suburb about an hour later” the report states, adding “We carried out the actions, their security forces are a target and we will continue attacking them until they are gone.

The two officers according to sources close to the Gendarmerie are Marshal Hinma René of the Bafia gendarmerie company and the student  gendarme Sale David, from the gendarmerie training center located at Yeyap in Yaoundé -All two on detachments to the Northwest.

Bamenda denizens reported heavy gun exchanges in parts of  the city  on the night of the killings. Details of the incidents have not been made public. But security forces immediately proceeded to seal parts of  Nkwen and Up Station resulting in some civilians incurring injuries. A civilian reportedly died at the Bafut Check point where the two security officials were killed.

If this attacked is confirmed by the hierarchy of the separatist movement fighting for the restoration of the former West Cameroon, it would be the first time the so called “Anglophone Crisis” has deescalated to targeted killing in what is increasingly becoming more of an arms struggle.

Earlier in the week another gendarme officer was killed in Jakiri Bui Division by unidentified youths and his gun taken away before being returned after the Nwerong (secret society of Nso land) issued an ultimatum. (follow audio report below)

The government had blamed two explosions targeting military personnel in Bamenda and a failed similar explosion in Douala on enemies of the state fighting to divide Cameroon.

In reaction to the killings, the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam, Songa Pierre Rene  has prohibited the movement of persons and goods as from 10 pm to 5 am. The announcement of the order was read on Wednesday November 8 over the CRTV Bamenda. The decision that went into effect on Wednesday will run up to November 23rd. In  prelude to the symbolic declaration of Southern Cameroon's independence on 1 October 2017  by English-speaking secessionists, Songo Pierre made a similar decision on September 28, 2017. He imposed a strict prohibition to move and had also requested the closure of borders.

By Abongwa Fozo in Bamenda.

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