THE BATTLE OF BAFUT, WHAT CNA KNOWS
The past three days have not been easy in Bafut as more than 500 Soldiers were deployed to face the 7Katas, a separatist group fighting for the restoration of the State of Southern Cameroons.
The heavy deployment was due to the uncountable failed attempts by soldiers to get into the inner circle of the fighters. Soldiers have on many occasions been ambushed and forced to retreat or remain within residential areas.
Soldiers succeeded to divert road blockages mounted by 7Kata fighters, and found themselves in the occupied areas of the local fighters. Sources say ,( going by number of bodies which entered the Bamenda mortuary) several of the soldiers were killed, prompting another deployment from Bamenda.
However, the second deployment was heavier and tactical, soldiers were divided into groups and each group occupied a house as a base. They moved from house to house looking for convenient place to operate.
Soldiers then launched several attacks on the fighters and killed 15 in total, a credible source has told CNA.
They trapped the fighters by staying closer to a dead colleague, shooting anyone who came to retrieve the corpse. That is how 15 fighters perished. A gun which has been instrumental to the fighters was also seized.
AMBAZONIA 7KATA FIGHTERS RETREAT
When the heat was on the fighters, they had to retreat into the forest, where they can best fight but soldiers did not follow them into the thick forest which would have been a big setup because they are not familiar with the topography.
CIVILIANS TRAPPED IN CROSSFIRE
Several civilians were killed by soldiers as every single male became a target. Apart from killing the guard of a hospital, other civilians also lost their lives. Many have fled into bushes.
SOLDIERS MOUNT CAMPS IN BAFUT
Several camps have been mounted in Agyati, Mambu, 3 Corners, Bafut Market, Beside Bafut Palace.
The battle of Bafut can only be compared to that of Lebialem where hundreds of soldiers were deployed to face the Red Dragons.
Prince Nfor Hanson Nchanji for CNA News, with field reports Prince Nfor Hanson Nchanji