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Police are deployed in response to the recent gang violence in Douala, March 16, 2017. (M.E. Kindzeka/VOA)

Gang Violence Mounts in Cameroon’s Economic Capital

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Cameroon’s economic capital is cracking down on gang violence that has changed the lives of residents in many of Douala’s neighborhoods.

Forty-five-year-old Ndjasso Pierre, who lives in New Bell, a popular neighborhood in Douala, says armed gangs started regular attacks when one of their members was accused of harassing citizens and killed by a crowd.

Littoral Governor Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua addresses gang violence during a meeting in Douala, March 16, 2017. (M.E. Kindzeka/VOA)

He said the assailants, who were previously attacking in groups of seven and eight, are now coming in larger numbers and targeting people inside their homes. He said the groups are signaling that they will continue attacks.

Pierre said the assailants attack using fire and locally made guns, machetes and knives.

Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua, governor of the Littoral region of Cameroon where Douala is located, said several people have died and hundreds wounded. He says hundreds have also been arrested by the military which was deployed to protect the population.

The military arrives in Douala for a night-time response to recent gang violence, March 16, 2017. (M.E. Kindzeka/VOA)

Diboua said New Bell and other affected Douala neighborhoods will no longer be at the mercy of armed groups. He said people who know the network of traffickers supplying drugs to the armed groups should inform them that the military will have no mercy when it starts organizing spontaneous raids.

Douala has a population of about 3 million, a majority of whom are unemployed youths. Insecurity has always been present in the city, with broad daylight assaults, but this is the first time armed gangs have been in running battles with the military.

VOA

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8 comments

  1. Economic capital my backside more like dirty toilet capital.

  2. Curiously omitted in this sad event is the fact that the victim of the mob justice was someone doing what the Head of State prescribed as the ideal cure for unemployment – Okada(mototaxi) riding.
    Should this come as a surprise? Justice Mekobe Sone of the Supreme Court has recently decried the emergence of jungle justice, the “Might Makes Right” phenomenon that is imperceptibly replacing the real justice that is supposed to come from the courts. Judicial abdication hurts all of us, n’est-ce pas? When cancer cells divide, they spread out and invade the rest of the body!

  3. palava no fine Reserved

    @Admin,
    You almost single handedly gave heart attack. lol. I miss reading this articles on here whether true or false. Pls don’t do this again. hahahaha

  4. Bring back the “ operational commanding” to solve this matter once and for good.As its just starting it will be easy to eradicate before the widespread otherwise public justice will prevail as we all know Douala.

  5. Very dirty and smelling city. An eyesore.

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  7. Am so happy getting news from here. Keep up bro, information is light!! ??

  8. Gr8