Not less than 10 soldiers were killed and a Police Station raided at the weekend in different parts of Southwest Cameroon.
This comes at a time when the Cameroonian army has just completed the operation called ‘Bui Clean’. The ‘Bui Clean’ mission started on May 15, aimed at neutralizing the operations of separatists in the area.
The operation was led by the 5th Joint Military Region, consisting nearly 300 soldiers.
5th Military Region Commander, Gen Nka Valère explained the objective of the mission. He said “I told them that the mission must continue with discipline, with respect for the principles of commitment and conduct, and with respect for human rights, because the population remains and will remain our center of gravity.”
According to the army’s claims, residents, elites, chiefs, and church leaders have embraced the separatist ideology in all areas, making it difficult for them to fight.
However, there are different views on the conduct of these military operations among the people, who believe that the approach of the military has its limits and should be the last option. The military raids have forced the inhabitants to flee to the mountains to find refuge.
The operation, which is the third of its kind, lasted a whole month. Four soldiers were killed and several injured.