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.
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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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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