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Distress Across NW As Killings, Burnings Intensify Despite Calls For Peace

Bamenda(National Times)-Distress reports  from  some villages across Cameroon’s restive North West Region since Thursday March 14  point to  homes, business places burnt and persons killed  under cloudy circumstances despite multiple calls from  within and without Cameroon for an end to hostilities in the English-speaking Regions.

Concurrent reports from parts  of Dunga Mantung and  Menchum Division  early Thursday  from sources  on the ground painting a war turn atmosphere.  At least five persons were feared dead in some villages in each of the Divisions as at the time the first reports reached us.

The reports come as security forces maintain pressure on separatists’ fighters clamouring for a separate state for the North West and South West Regions. In the wake of the wanton killings and burnings, no group has claimed responsibility.

An indigene familiar with Wum in Menchum Division told The National Times Thursday that, “blood is flowing in Wum. The rampage is on. Ordinary farmers gunned down today. Homes are smoking. Tears, pain, frustration, uncertainty, and fear has gripped the people”.

Around 11:21 AM Thursday, another inhabitant of the area hinted that “more information reaching us at the moment confirm the burning of Eric Bang’s residence at about 6AM..Four persons have been shot dead. They are Fung Gilbert an engine saw operator, Mvo Ebenezer  (hawker),Ewi Ngong Thomas(hawker) and Fung Kennedy aka Tim(business man)”.

The same source detailed further that , some corpses were feared thrown into  a house on fire. Our source said towards the Ilum vicinity leading to Befang still around Wum, more houses had gone up in flames.

Still in Wum, other reports talked of clashes around Kooh-Kesughu towards a palace. The National Times could not authenticate reports that, around here, some youths died from bullet wounds. Two women said to be ailing wives of a local chief are also reported to have received severe bullet wounds.

Other reports said,  men in military attire  were spotted searching homes at Zongo Ntsagha, a vicinity within the restive Wum.

Besides  Wum,  sad reports from Mbuwar a village in Dunga Mantung  same Thursday talked of  burnings .A business man whose names The National Times got as Emmanuel Nkfunko died from gunshots. In another neighbouring village of Chop,  a source said, a good number of houses were burnt.

While the population was mourning the sad developments, reports emerged early Friday March 15th of deadly clashes in parts of Kumbo in Bui Division. Here too, homes are reported to have been set on fire.

In Bamenda , the Regional capital city, gory images emerged same Friday of at least four young men killed under unknown circumstances.

The development across the Region in the last 48 hours comes amid a weakly appeal from government for separatists’ fighters to disarm.



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