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Gunmen set cocoa truck, 9 vehicles ablaze on Konye-Kumba axis

Gunmen suspected to the separatists’ agents have burnt a truck loaded with cocoa beans, alongside nine other vehicles and destroyed food stuffs and goods on the Kumba-Konye axis in the troubled South West Region of Cameroon.

The National Times gathered that around 4:00pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018, the unknown gunmen surfaced on the road around Ikiliwindi on the outskirts of Kumba and committed the arson.

While the truck loaded with 20 tons of dried cocoa beans and six vehicles transporting people were burnt on Saturday, three other vehicles are feared to have been burnt in the early hours of Sunday, September 30.

Sources told The National times that the cocoa beans set ablaze is that of the Konye Area Farmers Cooperative Society(KONAFCOOP).

The truck set blaze is said to be the property of Achanyi and Sons Enterprise in Kumba.

The management of KONAFCOOP had reportedly hired the vehicle to transport the cocoa for sale in Kumba. The damage incurred is estimated in hundreds of millions.

Reports hold that the six other passenger vehicles were stopped, passengers ordered out before the vehicles were set on fire. Pictures have emerged of bags of garri and can drinks and other food items scattered on the road.

A handful of the victims are said to be traders who were returning from the Konye Market.

While the farmers and population of Konye is yet to recover from yesterday’s loss, news broke early Sunday morning of the burning of three other vehicles on the same spot.

Konye has been a hotspot of separatists’ activities since the early days of 2017. A majority of its population remains trapped in the bushes while others had escaped to Kumba.

Many see the arson as a move to enforce a separatists’ ban on the movement of persons and vehicles across the North West and South West Regions within the context of their battle to frustrate Presidential election in Cameroon.

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