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Patients feared burnt alive in Mbonge Hospital arson

At least a patient is feared to have been burnt alive in Mbonge, Meme Division, South West Region of Cameroon, following an arson attack on the District Hospital of the locality on Thursday, August 2.

Reports hold that the Mbonge District Hospital suffered a fire attack yesterday following renewed tension across the locality.

Patient burnt alive in Mbonge, Meme Division

It is reported that, the authors of the arson stormed the health facility and set it ablaze. Persons around the health facility are reported to have escaped, but for a patient who was reportedly caught in the flame.

At the moment, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Sub-division has remained a theatre of a military crusade against separatists.

Images have however surfaced on different platforms showing the body of person burnt in fire, while others show the hospital razed down by fire.

A host of inhabitants across the Sub-division with over 96 localities are currently trapped in the forests as the Anglophone Crisis drags on. Dozens of health centre across the same Sub-division have been reduced to rubbles since the military campaign against separatists rumbled-off. But Cameroon’s Communication Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, and Defence Spokesperson, Colonel Didier Badjeck, have rejected accusations that the military is responsible for such acts of burning.

Over three weeks, back, a convoy of Cameroon’s Defence Minister, Joseph Beti Asomo, came under attack as he went visiting troops in Ekombe within the Sub-division.

The Mayor of Mbonge, Daniel Matta Mokambe, had long packed out of the area owing to security concerns. Mokambe is the traditional ruler of Mbonge-Marumba and Paramount Ruler of the Mbonge tribe.

The Nationla Times tried severally to get through to The Divisional Officer, D.O of Mbonge, Serge Befolo for reaction on the incident to no avail. The entire administration in Meme is yet to react to the incident.

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