19, December 2017
The Cameroon government spokesman and Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary has reacted to the invasion of Kembong village by militants loyal to the Southern Cameroons struggle and reportedly confirmed that 4 gendarmerie officers lost their lives.
Report had it that Ambazonian militia stormed the gendarme post in Kembong village in Eyumojock Sub Division and were resisted by some troops deployed from Mamfe the chief town in Manyu Division.
The regime in Yaoundé had first dismissed the news as fictitious when it was reported by Cameroon Concord News. The Francophone dominated armed forces failed to track down the assailants and fired shots indiscriminately.
Cameroon Concord News can now reveal that 6 Cameroonian soldiers were killed, 6 riffles were seized by the Southern Cameroons militants and a pickup 4×4 hilux truck was damaged along the Mfuni road that left some of the passengers seriously wounded.
The people of Kembong suffered casualties with the most pathetic being the burning down of the home of the late UNDP parliamentarian Chief Alfred Besong by government soldiers. The Cameroon government troops also set fire on the only hotel in kembong including five other buildings. A new brand Siena car was destroyed and a civilian shot on the leg. The villagers have all escaped to the forest and kembong is now a ghost village.
By Judith Fon in Kembong