Monday, March 9, 2020

Armed attacks of Bamenda and Galim: The released details of RFI

French radio Rfi reports on its website, details of the violent Sunday attacks that left several dead and wounded in the cities of Bamenda and Galim. The media provides an update on the results of the attack.

In Cameroon, a series of attacks left nine dead and many injured this weekend in the west of the country, plagued by a violent separatist conflict. 

First on the night of Saturday March 7 to Sunday March 8 in the city of Galim and Sunday in Bamenda in full manifestation of International Women's Day. The authorities attribute these attacks to the English-speaking separatists who are at war there with the defense and security forces. 

According to a press release from the Minister of Communication, RenĂ© Emmanuel Sadi, it was around 10 a.m. on Sunday, in the heat of the demonstrations of International Women's Rights Day in the city of Bamenda that individuals, presented as secessionists, activated an explosive device about 100 meters from the official platform. 

Excitement and desolation

The detonation that followed immediately sowed excitement and desolation among the participants in the March 8 parade. The report of this attack reports a soldier killed and seven seriously injured. The temporarily interrupted parade was nevertheless able to resume after securing the site. 

A few hours earlier, a group of assailants, estimated at around fifty and heavily armed, broke into a motorized caravan in the town of Galim, located in the Western region, in the French-speaking part of the country. and border of the English-speaking north-west. 

Theft of weapons and ammunition 

They attacked the gendarmerie brigade and the police station there. The government indicates that the results of this other assault - particularly violent - left eight dead, including two gendarmes, two police officers and four civilians. One of the civilian victims was in police custody at the gendarmerie brigade. The assailants also took away, after their crime, arms and ammunition.