By Tata Mbunwe
At least two persons were killed in Muea, a locale in the outskirts of Buea, during a military-separatist confrontation on Friday, August 20, that left the locality in consternation for several hours.
MMI could confirm that one of those killed was a civilian boy who went to a roadside makeshift shop to repair his phone but was picked in the head by a bullet which penetrated the container, the shop owner told MMI.
The boy who was killed had been hiding inside the phone repairer’s shop alongside the owner when bullets penetrated the metal container, killing the young man.
The phone repairer, who preferred not to say his name, for security reasons, sustained a minor injury on the back and several items in his shop were either destroyed or soaked in water mixed with blood.
He told MMI that he survived the incident miraculously as his client drowned in his own blood.
In tears, he said the Cameroon military has failed to protect civilian lives in the face of threats from separatist fighters and the separatists, on the other hand, have turned against their own people.
The container is said to have been shot at by the Cameroon military who came patrolling in search of separatist fighters.
A separatist fighter was also shot dead during the shootout and nothing has yet filtered to reporters on military casualties.
Muea remained timid on Saturday morning with an uneasy calm reigning in the locality which is known for its insecurity, despite also being an economic hub that hosts Buea’s biggest market.