At least three gendarmes were injured after separatist fighters attacked a gendarmerie brigade in Cameroon’s West Region, the region’s governor Augustine Awa Fonka said on Tuesday.
The attack took place by 1:00 a.m. local time overnight into Tuesday in the Babadjou locality of the region.
“The gendarmes who were at the brigade fought vigorously and at the end, we have registered three gendarmes who are wounded,” Fonka told reporters while visiting the injured soldiers in a hospital in the West regional chief town of Bafoussam.
He said the local population and vigilante played a great role in saving the lives of the members of security.
“The vigilant committee played a very active role, they gave vital information about the movement of these terrorists (separatists) and that is what guided the gendarmes to take a position and to be able to face the assailants,” Fonka said.
Four separatist fighters including two commanders were later arrested in the region’s towns of Mbouda and Babadjou, he said.
Separatist fighters are increasing offensives in the country’s West region which shares a border with the English-speaking region of Northwest where an armed separatist conflict is in progress, according to security reports.
Last week, police warned that separatist fighters were planning to target the francophone part of the country that has remained relatively calm and peaceful since the conflict in 2017. Enditem