Bui: Military Operation Neutralized 12 Separatists

Operation Bui I Booty

Bui division the epicentre of the separatist armed struggle against the state of Cameroon has been dealt a huge blow, when the Cameroonian defense forces raided “amba” camps, killing 12, wounding several others and dismantling camps where local weapons are produced, seizing several weapons amongst others.

Col. Matiang Charles Alain, Commander of the 51st Motorised Infantry Brigade (BRIM) said the operation code name “BUI I” involved 400 men (BIR, 51st Battalion, paratroopers from the 501 airbase, NW gendarmerie legion) , 30 vehicles and an amour carrier who for eight days combed the area extending to Tatum, Nkor, Oku, Jakiri and Kumbo urban. The operation started on February 25, 2021

The defense forces successfully destroyed the notorious Yellum Camp, also known as Kutaba, HQ of general Asan, who was also neutralized during the operations.

But this was not without a fight back from the separatists who ambushed a military convoy with EID, killing an army captain, two soldiers and wounding 7 others.

What was said?

Brigade General Nka Valare, commander of the 5th Joint Military Region promised that there will be a next operation “Clean Kumbo” to flush out remaining pockets of resistance and make the town of Kumbo better secure like Bamenda.
He described Bui as the “epicentre of terrorism” in the Northwest region and that the defense forces are out to bring peace to the entire region and Cameroon as a whole. But he insisted this can only be achieved with the collaboration of the population, the religious and traditional authorities and the administration and politicians.

Lanyuy Harry Ngwanyi, SDO for Bui praised the moral of the military and the recent victories scored against the separatists. He promised his regular support and availability of his administration to help rebuild lives in the communities already liberated from the hands of the separatist and warn those to hiding in the bushes that the security forces know their where about and will strike at the appropriate time.

What was seized?

Several gas canisters used to make EIDs, gun powder, remote detonators, fridge gas canisters, cables, batteries, several locally fabricated guns, ambazonian flags and insignia, marijuana, chains to hold kidnapped victims were amongst the several items taken from the destroyed camps.
Military intelligence also discovered that the separatists were aided by a retired penitentiary and police officer in the fabrication of the artisanal weapons.

By Abongwa Fozo in Kumbo

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