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Ecobank gun brawl leaves 5 dead in Bamenda

The North West Regional capital, Bamenda witnessed another horrific week start, as the town came under attack following a gun battle between security forces and some unidentified gunmen believe to be Ambazonia Restoration Forces.

The brunt of this gun scuffle was borne by the civilian population.

Ecobank Bamenda

Inhabitants of Nkwen were on Tuesday, September 4, taken aback when some unidentified gunmen stormed the Northwest Regional branch of Ecobank in broad daylight, engaging the security unit in a gun battle that led to  the death of a least five persons.

During the attack, some two gendarme officers, who were on guard were killed, while a private security officer and a hawker were also caught in the crossfire.

Of the five, who died during the attack were: Wilfred Ndifor and his kids, whom, according to security forces, were in their private car packed besides the bank.

The version of the story, as reported by State security holds that Wilfred Ndifor and his kids were killed by stray bullets as they were caught in the middle of the gunfight.

Another victim, who was reportedly killed was Pa Njamshei.

The man was reportedly on his farm at Government Technical High School Nkwen, popularly known as Canada.  He was busy harvesting his crops when he was gun down by a stray bullet. The deceased hailed from Ndu in Donga-Mantung Division.

The Ecobank gun brawl came to add to many other incidents that have characterised the Anglophone Crisis wherein life has been disrupted in Bamenda with scores of people dying as a result of the heightened tensions.

Another side effect of the attack was the scare it brought to parents who are contemplating on whether to send their children to school or not in the face of the deteriorating Anglophone Crisis.

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