Gun Shots Forced Food Market to Close Earlier

The busy street of the Food market emptied within a few minutes

Tuesday July 21, the first working day of this week ended in chaos for parts of Bamenda Central due to the eruption of gun battles in parts of the town. It was the first working day after the Monday ghost town imposed by separatist fighters.

Details are still sketchy but many traders and workers around the Food Market, Back Main Market, Meta Quarter, Hospital Round About and New and Old Church could be seen closing their shops and businesses in haste and running heather in every direction about 5pm.

“I could not tell exactly what was going on or where the shots were coming from. All I knew was that I had to run as everybody was doing” a medical student of the University of Bamenda who was from attending a class at the Bamenda Regional Hospital narrated.

Another lady narrated how she abandoned her tray of cooked groundnuts she was selling at the Hospital Round About. “I heard gun shots and they were very close by” she said in pidgin English.

Early on Tuesday, uumarked gunmen believed to be Ambazonian fighters promptly took control of Mile 90 neighbourhood. They control civilians and vehicles, prompting many residents to remain home. Some immediately moved out of the area anticipating a show down with the military at any moment.

A resident of Ade Metal told Bamenda Online by phone that the military had come into the area to clear the obstacles, prompting the shot out.

By Abongwa Fozo

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