The armed conflict in Kumbo took a new twist, August 4th with several military and civilian deaths registered in Bui division. This was in an incident that happened in the area August 4th.
An improvised explosive is said to have gone off, targeting a military convoy heading to Tadu in a village called Firkov few minutes from the administrative headquarters, Tobin.
The explosive is reported to have hit and killed about 7 military elements. Survivors, sources say, suffered severe cuts and bleeding from the explosion.
“The incident provoked the remaining military elements who continued the journey on foot” a source says.
He explains that “… along the way, a group of men, a carpenter and 4 of his apprentices who were returning from Tadu obviously unaware of the incident, met the military on foot at the next village called Yungkui. Out of fear and panic, they jumped off their bikes and ran into nearby bushes”.
The source adds that the military opened fire at them, killing all.
A lady and another elderly person are also feared dead as their whereabouts remain unknown.
Three bike riders said to have also been forced at gun point to load corpses into military trucks are still unknown.
Since the fateful August 4th incident, military helicopters have been making trips to Kumbo, believed to be evacuating wounded soldiers and carting away corpses.
By Timfuchi Aaron