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Mr. Biya has suffered more casualties with the deaths of many young soldiers; some Anglophones and others Francophones in a senseless war where innocent civilians have been killed, many more turned into refugees in neighbouring Nigeria , yet Mr. Biya keeps claiming victory even while fighting invisible and invincible humans in a simple matter that would have long ended on an unkempt and bedraggled table somewhere in Bamenda more than a year ago.
Several soldiers were injured after a military vehicle en route to Kembong for reinforcement crashed between Nchang and Kembong .They are currently receiving treatment at the Mamfe Military Hospital. A military source noted that four corpses of gendarmes were ferried to the mortuary in Buea, according to a report by the National Telegraph on Dec 18th,2017.
Another source at the Mamfe District Hospital Mortuary confirmed that the local morgue didn’t receive any either, adding that they were transferred to Buea with a military ambulance suddenly transformed into a hearse.
An eyewitness report on the Kembong attack in which four ( 4 )military officers were killed reveals that a gang of six (6) masked men who arrived Okonyeghé Quarters at the Kembong main junction on board three bikes from the Ewelle end at about 1:47PM, Monday December 18, 2017 neatly attacked, shot and killed 3 gendarmes and a policeman on-the-spot.
In retaliation, soldiers invaded the village just before the villagers had all escaped into the nearby bushes ,burning down at least seven (7) houses .Kembong is Manyu’s largest village in Eyumojock Sub-Division and the entire Central Ejagham with 16 quaters each headed by Sub-Chiefs .The Village hosts several German structures including the Farmers’ Cooperative building now hosting Bet Cocoa.
From Mamfe, you would pass through Besongabang, Nchang, Mfuni just before arriving Kembong the direction from which the attackers came from was unexpected.
Meanwhile, tension moved to Mamfe and the town was forced to go into a natural shutdown with everyone running indoors. The Senior Divisional Officer for Manyu, Oum II Joseph is said to have escaped from his office at about 2:36PM as he was led to a safe haven by 4 Gendarmes and 2 soldiers who guard his office. Even the SDO’s office was closed before normal closing time, our source said. In the meantime, reports of 70% drop in Mamfe’s population is no exaggeration as many denizens have fled the town to new oases.