Cameroon Says Separatists Frustrated by Inability to Disrupt African Football Attack Schools, Civilians

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON | VOA Cameroonian authorities say Anglophone separatists have been trying to disrupt the continent’s top soccer tournament, the Africa Football Cup of Nations, which Cameroon is hosting. The military says rebels have launched small-scale attacks in the towns of Buea and Limbe, which are holding matches. Authorities have also blamed the separatists for the killing of a Cameroonian lawmaker this week.

In a video shared by Cameroon separatist fighters on social media platforms, armed men are seen shooting indiscriminately in the air while ordering about 15 children dressed in school uniforms to strip naked.

In the video, two armed men brandish weapons and threaten to kill any student who attempts to disobey the fighters’ orders. Other voices are heard ordering the students to lie down or be killed. The students plead for their lives to be spared.

Cameroon’s Secondary Education Ministry Friday said the incident happened Thursday near Government High School Buea. Buea is a town in Cameroon’s English-speaking South-West region.

The ministry says 15 students were on their way to school when separatist fighters stopped and assaulted them. None of the students was injured, but their school has been closed since Thursday, the government said.

The military acknowledged Thursday’s attack on students. In a release read over Cameroon state radio, CRTV, military spokesperson Colonel Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo blames separatists for the attack.

Anglophone separatists fighting in Cameroon’s western regions to break away from the majority French-speaking nation have vowed to disrupt the continent’s top soccer tournament in Buea and Limbe.

Buea and Limbe are hosting football fans, players and match officials for group matches for teams from Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, and Tunisia.

The military says it has been in running battles with fighters since the tournament began Sunday ((1/9)).

Twenty-one-year-old University of Buea student Clementine Yaji says many people have been wounded in heavy gunfire and shooting in the outskirts of Buea. He spoke via a messaging app from Buea.

“People have been shot, some wounded. We have been scared because of those gunshots. It is really tense here and students cannot study under such a tense environment so we are pleading with the government to try and see how they will resolve this issue [shooting] in Buea, he spoke via a messaging app from Buea.

The Cameroon military says the separatists have increased attempts to infiltrate Buea and Limbe. The military says separatists are frustrated over their inability to disrupt matches of the Africa Football Cup of Nations.

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  1. due to shock and frustration amba has turn on it sympathizers. advocates of amba are now enjoying the fruits of their labor. amba mash fire. show your people pepper. comedy revolution. hahaha

    • And the Bamilekes have shown open support for Kamto tin boycotting the nonsense. Your [email protected] show is taking place in empty stadia despite all the huge IMF loans used to deceive the world all is well. When this is over in 2 weeks, you monkeys and raccoons will be encumbered by insurmountable debts as the white man collects his interest. Ambazonia will resume fighting until their demand is met. Their struggle too will be more organize as the thief and infiltrator Samuel Sako has been laid bare. So tell me who is the fool with no long term strategy to free themselves! You and your dull @BahAcho can keep running your leaky mouths to satisfy your Pavlovian desires. Idiots!

      • Before you talk about empty stadia don’t forget about the popular slogan of ambafools that “afcon will not hold in Cameroon.” I understand the shock bro. I know it’s giving ambafools high BP. Dont forget it’s covid times and spectators are not encouraged to go to stadias. Though the turnout is still impressive. I heard one amba general in ndop celebrated when Vincent aboucar scored againts Burkina faso. hahahahahahahhaa. comedy revolution. how market for your internet IG government?. I heard Sako term is over? hahhaahaha. amba curse for anglophones. ma man just go form your own kidnapping group and make some money like your amba brothers. if you have balls go stop the afcon in Cameroon like your amba brothers were dreaming. UN never cancel school year give wona independence ?.

  2. the masses have now turn against ambazonian fighters sho they call arm robbers,bandits robbing peopl.

  3. Simpleton Bah Cho always chimes in but the problem is that his grammar is so terrible that he does not make sense at all. By the way, we are still waiting for the dam you were constructing.

    The evidence is abundant regarding those who have become hardcore armed robbers including being arrested in Nkongsamba and Yaounde where they led gangs involved in overnight robberies. Terrorists LRC soldiers are the ones breaking into homes and shops as was the case in broad daylight in Bamenda.

    Terrorist LRC soldiers steal crops from farms around the airport area in Bafut. They looted a store in Mile 17, Buea, etc.

    What an idiot!

    • hahahahahah. ambafools. I see your internet government is confused. sako fighting the others. I no more hear about atanga nji boys. anglopones have understood who the true enemy is. amba na curse for anglophones.

    • AMBAMAN,,,,here we go again with another culturally batared african distracting us with the so call good english.what is your language?who are you?where did your ancestors come from,england?look at how culturally uprooted and self distructive we have the koreans,japanese,vietnamese,chinese need english or french to japan not industrialized,technically and scientifically more advance than the british whoes language you worship?so i should tell you where i build the dam so that you will send bandits called ambaboys to come and destroy it?
      you think like a typical christian,emmotional and irrational.

  4. @BAH ACHO U are still not answering the question…When do u intend to impose an African language,other than Ejagham in my native kembong village schools and courts?

    • KONGOSA,,,,you bereh wereh neng meaning christians you only have patience when it comes to waiting wereh neng jesus kiki.but when it comes to waiting soemthing concerning our want it to happen immidiately.not the slitest rational thinking exist in your condecending if it was going to happen automatically without our effort.

      • @BAH:- u are just an example of a CPDM dude, who have eaten lots of bread and sardine..You argue like a mad african who have lost the brain in eating, drinking and corruption. Why complain about the english language when you and your people are forcing southern cameroonians to speak french? french then the best african language?..You dont want to accept that France and the french culture is the cause of the problem in cameroon?..
        You feel that drinking wine, wearing suits and speaking good french qualifies you a french man?
        I am against war, but the revolution in southern cameroon is the only alternative to protest against this lazy, stupid,corrupt yaounde system..
        BAH is to full to think..Wake up before its too late.


    Threats from separatists are directly responsible for the empty seats in the stadium in VICTORIA.Foreign journalists have taken note of this development. The CPDM CRIME SYNDICATE has been humiliated by the BOYSES IN THE BUSHES. They have become very desperate,


    1. The Mayor of Buea and another from the Prime Minister’s Office sounded a note of caution to all civil servants and council workers to attend football games in Victoria or face severe consequences.
    2. Forcing all state agents, council workers and high school students to attend football matches without any Covid restrictions.
    3. Provision of free transportation to and from the Victoria stadium
    4. FREE ENTRY into the Victoria stadium
    5. etc.


    • …. HUMILIATED……

    • But I thought amba said there will be no afcon in Cameroon?. Later it was there will be no afcon in ambaland?. ambafools have suddenly forgotten that was what they were saying. now it is they are playing in empty stadiums. I thought amba had balls to stop the afcon. Wona pass only for pass corner field see fire. Na we anglophones go hold wona for kanas. not even the military. hahahaha.

  6. Dictator Biya made the MOTHER OF ALL BLUNDERS when he FOOLISHLY and STUPIDLY declared an UNWINNABLE war on Southern Cameroonians. He thought that Southern Cameroonians are like the Bassas or the Bamelikes. Unfortunately for the evil dictator, Southern Cameroonians are a PEOPLE, the Bassas and Bamilikes are tribes. LRC cannot therefore use the same methods to fight tribes and PEOPLES. Simply put, scorched-earth and targeted assassinations can be used to defeat TRIBES, not PEOPLES.
    FOOLISH PROPAGANDA can also never defeat a people. Dictator Biya brought AFCON to SC in order to prove to the world thatz SC is an ISLAND OF PEACE. Unfortunately for him, the militarisation of SC and the empty stadium prove to the world that SC is indeed an ISLAND OF WAR.

    ALLAH IST GROß!!!!!!!