30 bus passengers kidnapped in Cameroon

07/16/2019

Posted by: Chris Odogwu

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Tension everywhere! Armed separatists abducted 30 bus passengers in Cameroon. What could be their reason? Click below to read the full story right away!

Armed separatists in Cameroon abducted about thirty bus passengers plying the Fundong-Bamenda highway Northwest of Cameroon on Friday, July, 12, 2019. The English-speaking area is part of the war torn region of the country.

A commercial driver, Samuel Nkwain, who witnessed the incident, disclosed that three buses departed Fundong, and were heading to Bamenda when they were accosted by armed separatists. The passengers were ordered to alight from the vehicles and showcase their identification cards, and were taken to an unknown destination in the bush. Samuel further stated that the passengers are still being held captive.

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The bus was on its way to Bamenda when stopped by the criminals

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Locals in the region revealed that the abduction of the passengers was a follow up to recent clashes over weapons between some groups in the area. A source who pleaded anonymity said:

“The other group was angry that another group collected their weapons and refused to hand over to them, so they say they are holding the passengers hostage until the weapons are handed over to them.”

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No passenger bargains for abduction when boarding a bus

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There is a restriction of movement on the highway as security agencies have started searching for the passengers.

Kidnapping is an increasing menace in the area amidst conflicts in the troubled English-speaking region of the mostly French-speaking country of Cameroon. According to the United Nations, no fewer than 43,000 people have suffered internal displacement ever since the clashes between government forces and armed separatists started in November 2017.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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