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Corpses abandoned on Kumba streets as population groans over frequent harassment

The corpses of at least two persons have spent over three days in the open in Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon, amid growing complains from the population about the frequent harassment from gunmen.

Throughout last week, a series of operations were conducted in different neighbourhoods in Kumba.

Around 1:00pm Friday, September 21, sounds of gun shots were heard at the Commercial Avenue and others on Sonac Street. Within hours of the same day, security forces stormed the Kosala neighbourhood.

The abandoned corpses on the streets of Kumba are suspected to be casualties of the gunshots as the people of Kumba continue to grapple with faceless gunmen asking for support on a daily basis.

In the early hours of Sunday, September 23, the corpse of a man believed to be one of those who move within the neighbourhood in the name of being and ADF element was still at the Kosala III Junction.

The man whose identity remains unknown was reportedly shot three days back.

With the current state of fear, denizens of the South West economic hub have mustered courage and are still going about their daily activities, while the corpse is still in the open. Besides this, the corpse of another youngster was found lifeless at the Kumba–Town neighbourhood in the evening hours of Thursday.

Security has been stepped up around markets and other major commercial hubs of Kumba.

These too have been fertile grounds for suspected separatists’ elements who surface asking those in the market to give them money.

When the President of the Kumba Main Market Welfare Traders’ Association raised the worry at a June 22 security meeting with the Prefect for Meme, the SDO prescribed alertness and collaboration with security forces.

Back then, Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong (SDO) said it remains unexplainable that separatists will enter a place and the security forces are only informed 45 minutes after. The administrator urged the population to report such harassment immediately the suspects enter into operation.

 

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