Hundreds of trucks lined roads leading to the normally bustling Garoua-Boulai border town in Cameroon’s East region on Tuesday, after a deadly attack on drivers by the Central African Republic (CAR) rebels.
Local authorities said one driver was killed and three others seriously injured on Monday after a convoy of roughly 30 trucks that left the border town for the CAR capital, Bangui, after over month of impasse at the border was ambushed and attacked by rebels.
“The convoy which was escorted by military was attacked barely 30 km into their trip at a place called Mambere. There are no reports of military casualties,” local journalist John Ndoumba Mouelle told Xinhua on phone.
UN peacekeepers airlifted the wounded truck drivers to a local hospital in Boar, CAR.
Rebels had said in a voice note that went viral on social media, only Cameroonian trucks leaving Bangui for Cameroon under UN escort will be allowed to cross the border but warned that no trucks will be permitted to enter the volatile country from the border.
Over 1,500 trucks have been blocked in Garoua Boulai for over a month since ragtag rebel groups launched renewed attempts to overthrow the government of President Faustin Archange Touadera.
Hundreds of vehicles normally pass through the crossing every week, making it a vital trade link between the two countries.
With the smell of rotting fruit filling the air, drivers on Tuesday expressed frustration to Xinhua as their cargoes perished in the heat due to the impasse. Enditem