Journal du Cameroun | At least two separatist fighters were killed on Tuesday night in Kumba following clashes with security officers, local sources report.
The fighters launched a coordinated assault on the local gendarmerie brigade, local security officers said.
« We heard sporadic gunshots between 7 and 10 pm yesterday night around the Kumba commercial avenue but we could not tell who they were, » a resident in Kumba and human rights lawyer Barister Ambe said.
In the course of the fire exchange, two of the fighters were killed while a soldier was severely injured before the rest of the assailants took off.
This is the second heavy attack on Kumba after the Senior Divisional Officer’s residence was targeted in an earlier attack that was pushed back last month.
Kumba has seen an influx of thousands of persons fleeing from clashes between the military and separatist forces in neighbouring towns and villages like Kwa Kwa, Mbonge, Bole and Mundemba.
Violence has engulfed most parts of these villages town with villages burnt down and villagers fleeing to the bush.
Kumba started the week off with an intensive non-violent « ghost town » on Monday after a weekend of fire exchange between the soldiers and separatist fighters across the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
The violence in these regions has led to the arrest and detention of over 100 civilians across both regions, the Network for Human Rights Defence and Freedoms says.