Kumba(National Times)-At least four vehicles went up in flames Friday, January 11,2019, along the Kumba-Buea Road corridor in the South West Region of Cameroon owing to attacks from gunmen suspected to be separatist fighters.
The gunmen surfaced from nearby bushes ambushed the cars before escaping. The National Times gleaned that in the early hours of the day, four transport vehicles were burnt.
Around 6:00pm same day, a truck loaded with cocoa beans headed for Douala was set ablaze around Ediki village on the outskirts of Kumba.
Reports hold that in the course of Friday’s operation, the gunmen forced hundreds of travellers into the bushes, seized their money national identity cards, mobile phones and other valuables leaving them stranded. In some cases, the property of travellers were scattered on the road leaving traffic interrupted for hours.
A source recounted to The National Times that the gunmen escaped to the unknown after passengers alerted security forces of their ambush on vehicles.
Business persons are known to have lost millions in cash and goods to the gunmen following the attack on vehicles. The reason for the attack continue to surprise the population after they all stayed indoors on Thursday, January 10 in honour of separatists leaders who were before the Military Court.
The ghost town operations which separatists imposed recorded huge success leaving the population with the impression that, they would be allowed to engage in their businesses unperturbed.
Despite the pockets of attacks on the stretch, the population continues to travel. Traffic on the said road axis remains active irrespective of the multiple attacks from gunmen.
Military escorts remain alive on the same road axis ensuring the supply of fuel and other commodities to the hundreds of thousands of people in Kumba and thousand others in surrounding villages.