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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Gun battles lasted for five hours frustrate travellers on Kumba-Buea Highway

Natimes | At least 500 persons travelling to and from Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon on Sunday, September 2 were left stranded at different points owing to pockets of gun battles between security forces and gunmen.

Victims of Sunday’s incidents told the National Times on condition of anonymity that the battle lasted for at least five hours.

One of those who lived the experience Elvis Ning, a business man said the “war was between Kumba and Muyuka. But security forces ordered vehicles to park pending the period when the road was going to be cleared”.

A lady is reported to have been wounded severely on the leg. The woman is said to have stepped out of her vehicle in disregard of advice from the security forces that were in combat against gunmen.

Around Mabonji village, hundreds of meters into Kumba, a youngster presumed to be a pro-independence fighter was gunned down. He had reportedly surfaced stopping vehicles on transit. The youngster is said to have collected phones and money from passengers but was unlucky to escape.

Security forces at a check point next to the area of his act are said to have pursued and neutralised the gunman. His corpse was abandoned beside the road for hours.

In Muyuka, another hotspot emerged as security forces raided zones where gunmen are believed to be hiding. The battles are said to be what slowed movements for hours on Sunday between Kumba and Buea. Another fracas was reported between Mbalangi and Banga villages along the same road axis.

Sunday’s is about the third major hold up in traffic on the stretch within three months. The first was a four days blockade from June 15. Then on August 18, there was another halt in traffic around the villages of Mabonji and Ediki.

Business persons have announced loses amounting to billions owing to such sporadic attacks. These are the fallouts on the economy from the socio-political pressures that have gone deadly for over two years now.