Just hours after President Paul Biya reiterated his decision to crush Ambazonian fighters in the restive North West and South West regions of Cameroon, the military has reportedly intensified its offensive.
On new year’s day, gun battles were reported in different parts of the Anglophone regions. In mile 14, Buea, a car was set ablaze by gun men suspected to be Ambazonian fighters, leaving the area on lockdown for most of new year’s day.
In Taku village, Donga Mantung division of the North West region, villagers say following a raid by the armed forces in the area on new year’s day, more lives were lost.
“The military attacked the village leaving four dead” a source said. Two Ambazonian fighters were killed too another source stated.
“About 7 persons are shot” still another individual in the village wrote to MMI.
The new year gun battles come just hours after a first set of refugees and ex Ambazonian fighters who fled the restive regions returned to the country.
Many say it is neither the right time to bring back refugees or send them humanitarian aid, as the fighting still persists.
The war however seems to have no end in sight currently, as the Ambazonian Interim Government president, Sako Ikome in his own end of year speech also promised to intensify their fight against the armed forces in the region.