Cameroon: Rebels Use Smuggled Anti-Tank Rockets to Kill 28 People

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — VOA | Cameroon’s military says separatist fighters have, for the first time, used anti-tank rockets smuggled from Nigeria to attack army convoys.

The military reported rebel rocket attacks on a military convoy in the western village of Bammssing in the past week have killed at least 15 troops and 13 civilians, and destroyed several armored vehicles.

Cameroon Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said Wednesday from a military base in Bamenda, an English-speaking western town, that President Paul Biya wants a change of military strategy in handling the separatist crisis.

Without providing details on strategic changes, Assomo said Biya wants his military to immediately stop the attacks on government troops by separatists equipped with increasingly sophisticated weapons. He added that military intelligence indicates fighters are benefiting from outside human and material support.

The military said rebels attacked government troops with anti-tank rockets four times this week in western villages, including Sabga.

Assomo said troops have been adequately equipped and deployed to separatist hot spots in English-speaking western regions, especially on the border with Nigeria, suspected to be the origin of the anti-tank rockets.

Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s minister of employment and vocational training, said English-speaking civilians should help government troops by reporting those suspected of smuggling separatist weapons from neighboring Nigeria.

“We need the support of our population,” he said. “Please, denounce them. Decry it [killing]. The kind of arms they [separatists] are using is an indication that there is a kind of support they [fighters] are receiving from abroad.”

In August, Cameroon and Nigeria said Cameroon separatists, called the Ambazonia Defense Forces, and Indigenous People of Biafra, a group that wants a breakaway state in southeast Nigeria, were partnering to create an alliance.

Prince Ekosso, president of the opposition United Socialist Democratic Party, said Biya should call for a cease-fire to spare the lives of troops, civilians and separatists.

“It is time to end the war [crisis],” he said. “Everybody in the [English-speaking western regions] is bleeding in his or her heart and the whole country is bleeding. It is not helping us, it will not help us.”

Separatists have congratulated fighters on social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp for using anti-tank rocket launchers to kill Cameroon troops. Videos circulating online appear to show separatist fighters asking for more anti-tank rocket launchers to fight the Cameroon military.

Cameroon has previously said that separatists use porous borders to import weapons through Nigeria.

Cameroonian and Nigerian authorities met in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, August 26 to 28 and agreed to jointly fight armed separatists in both countries. They also promised to stop arms trafficking in the two countries.

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15 comments

  1. How come they didn’t see this coming? We keep on saying here that a millitary solution is not a solution to silent the voices of the risen. The voice of wisdom and evidence shows that even more sophisticated troops like the US military have not won a single war of this nature in the past decades. Go back through history, how Simon Bolivar succeeded to drive the Spanish out of South America with a ragged band of shirtless soldiers, whose only conviction was gaining their independence, go back to all the great war villians of now and then; Hitler, Napoleon, Alexander the great, despite their might, they eventually lost. The evidence indicates that as the military steps up their attack machinery, so too would the separatists until everyone is worn out. Inclusive dialogue is the only solution.

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    • EYALLOW,,,,there is no sober,calm ,rational and thoughtful approach in what you wrote.it is emotionally driven.if not how can you compare this situation to america’s failure in afghanistan when we know that afghanistan was supported by nieghbours who did not want an american occupied territory close to thier borders?i have the impression that nearly all so call anglophones in the diaspora refuse to think carefully even in what concerns thier immidiate and future interest.chosing to dive in irrational ideologically driven arguments wiithout the slitest logical evidence.if you had taken time to think in a calm and rational way.you should never have encouraged youths to take up arms against younde because you should have anticipated younde’s response and the consequences.

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      • Well, let’s see how this unfolds. The government of Cameroon thought fighting its own people and eradicating them as some of the regime supporters anticipated was going to be a ride in the park. Bah Acho has said what needs to be said. War is not a solution to this crisis. But one good thing is that, with the growing trend of events, the government will when the time comes no longer be negotiating from a position of strength. They will be making far more many concessions than they would have done 2 years ago especially as they are fighting people with only Ambazonia in mind. If you care insult Anglophones all you like but they did not ask for this. It was brought upon them. They simply are now acting in self-defence.

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      • @Bah Acho, It is worthless trying to have a debate in a sensible way with you. I have come to realise you unfortunately have head buried in the sand, feet to the sky. I’m referring to a simple examples where we compare might with might, as you often come here announcing like a town cryer how the magnificent BIRs will win because of their sophistication. Sorry, sophistication doesn’t win assymetry warfare; convinction in purpose and determination does. I have indicated to you before that because you are a diehard supporter of dictorship it doesn’t make you a dictator nor are you responsible for the evil troops being in NW & SW. You have an opinion, which is ok and I have an opinion too. If you can stop thinking like the dimwits in Yaounde, perhaps it will help the progress you seek for LRC.

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        • EYALLOW,,,,in five years from now you will see how irrational we were in acting the way we did.what is disturbing is that you never try to step in the mind of those in younde to decipher what thier real intention is.if you had done this you should have realised that they are ready to allow the situation to get worse for the next twenty years.you write as if i am happy with the current situation or even satified with younde which is can never be true.but this should not lead us to act out of emotions.as bad as the situation is,if we are coolheaded and rational enough we will find a way out.

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  2. **** BREAKING NEWS ****

    LRC claim they have changed tactics,
    The BOYSES IN THE BUSHES have also changed their tactics.
    Nothing will therefore change in the battlefield.

    Simply put, there is ZERO, I repeat, ZERO military solution to the Anglophone Question.
    Dictator Biya is simply wasting innocent lives, scarce resources, precious time and energy.
    The NEGOTIATING TABLE is the only path to peace.

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    • 1. Kawa Kawa Yannick is in prison in Douala
      2. General Nambere is on the run
      3.Njume Franklin was dismissed from his job in Yaounde
      4. Clovis is selling roasted corn in Yaounde
      5. etc

      The above-mentioned persons have one thing in common:

      They all dropped weapon and are now regretting for accepting the EMPTY PROMISES of LRC.

      Their predicament should serve as a wakeup call and warning to other BOYSES IN THE BUSHES.

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      • this your propaganda and lies is what that have made youths to think they can fight a well equipped military. Now the fight is more than them and they have resorted to kidnapping anglophones. stop this ambazonia nonsense.

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    • **** BREAKING NEWS ****

      “Bamenda: Government soldiers shoot dead two repentant Ambazonian fighters, injure anoter.
      There is shock and consternation at the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintergration Center, DDRC in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon following the shooting to death, of two repentant fighters. The incident reportedly took place on Sunday September 25, 2021.”

      * MY TAKE *

      The above-mentioned cold-blooded murder by LRC terrorists should serve as a wakeup call and warning to other BOYSES IN THE BUSHES.

      LRC IS INDEED AN “ISLAND OF EVIL”

      DO NOT SAY THAT YOU WERE NOT WARNED.

  3. Will the tanks and supposed sophisticated weapons Betti Assomo is proud of, return to or
    in good shape at the end of their mission? No no no. The BOYSES IN THE BUSHES, will
    have a field day, destroying them.
    Thanks to the porous border with Nigeria, we are going to win big time. It is the fear of
    being shamed that untrained boys, defeated a claimed trained army, that is stopping
    Biya and co, to declare an end to the war. A big Kudos, to the BOYSES IN THE BUSHES.
    We are behind you and no quams about it. We, are not UPC cowards of yesterday and
    today.

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  4. Obudu Ranch Resort Naija.

    Ambazonia 1- 0 Cameroon.

    Let us continue to pray that, the Nigeria government don’t poke nose in this affairs to thwart Amba efforts, cause if Nigeria do then, we won’t be here praising but mourning the loss of the less fancied side.

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    • Who gives a sh!t about Buhari and his evil? Even if their poke nose they can’t do nothing. Start by taking care of ur Fulani loose herdsmen butchering women and children. A govt that watches as thieves commit prison breakout in the heart of the military capital can’t too sh!t. Weak weak weak. Bye did Nigeria find the kidnapped army captain? Heard he was found without his head deep in enemy territory. Sick U always popping here to prop up your weak govt. Amba will level u down , all u and ur Paul biya alliance.

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  5. Change tactics. I arresting more then 200 civilians this morning in Bambui for no cause? Very weak army. Gen No pity and his boys will pound you to pulp. There’s no foreign weapons nor help. We seize it from the weak effeminate BIRs.

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  6. Where is zam zam

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