Invading Cameroonian rebels came by boats – Taraba community residents

Residents of Manga community in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Sunday said the Ambazonian fighters who attacked them on Nigeria soil came through boats and navigated the mountains into their community.

The locals added that the invaders first attacked two villages on fringes of the Cameroon-Nigerian border before crossing over to Manga village in Nigeria.

It could be recalled that 11 people were said to have been killed and scores injured when Ambazonian separatists attacked Manga community in Nigeria.

A palace worker, Abubakar Manga, who witnessed the incident, said the attackers came in around 7am on Tuesday.

He said, “They came in through a narrow bush part after crossing into Nigeria on boasts and navigated the mountains into our village.

“We really do not know their number but they shot at everything at sight.

“The path they followed into the village was close to the palace of our village head and that was why they were able to kill him easily.

He added, “Here in Manga, six people were killed including our village head, but the two villages that they attacked before coming in on the Cameroon side, they killed three people each over there, bringing to number to 12.

“The immigration officers who have a post here engaged the attackers while another officer of theirs used their boat to evacuate children and women into other villages.”

Another resident told our correspondent that before the Tuesday’s attack, the Ambazonia fighters had on Sunday attacked the same village they had been attacking in Cameroon.

According to him, the attack led so many people running into Manga and other Shibong villages in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the third class chief of Shibong, HRH Alexander Garkwe, said the latest killings in Shibong had made his subjects vulnerable.



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