9, October 2019
At least six Ambazonia Self-Defense Forces were killed as a clash between French Cameroun government soldiers and the restoration guards erupted in Bali Nyonga late Saturday, a locality in Cameroon’s English-speaking region of Northwest, security sources said on Sunday.
The clash broke out after the army stormed the area which is mostly occupied by Ambazonia Restoration Forces, triggering a gun battle which lasted for several hours, according to the sources.
“Six corpses have been identified as separatists, but we are yet to know the identities of the other people who died in the battle. Several Ambazonia Restoration Forces escaped with wounds,” a source added.
Locals hinted that more French Cameroun soldiers have been deployed to the area, prompting the locals to escape to the bushes.
The attack came barely a day after a government-initiated national dialogue recommended that a special status should be given to the troubled Anglophone regions in a bid to end the Southern Cameroons war.
More than 530,000 people have been displaced internally since the armed conflict started in 2017 according to the United Nations.
Southern Cameroonians want the Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest to secede from largely French-speaking Cameroon and create an independent nation they call Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
Source: Xinhuanet with additional editing from Camcordnews