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Casualties rise in Taraba communities’ attack by Camerounian soldiers

By Charles Akpeji, Jalingo
22 November 2021   |   4:14 am
Casualties of the recent attack on Manga Community in Takum Council of Taraba State by Camerounian soldiers have risen to 12.

REUTERS/Bate Felix Tabi Tabe (CAMEROON – Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY POLITICS)

Casualties of the recent attack on Manga Community in Takum Council of Taraba State by Camerounian soldiers have risen to 12.

Confirming the latest development, residents, who spoke with The Guardian at the weekend, confirmed that no fewer than 20 persons, including children, were still missing.

Narrating their ordeal in the soldiers’ hands, they wondered how their decision to provide shelter for those who fled Cameroun due to the ongoing leadership tussle between the Northern and Southern parts of the country constituted an offence.

Their revelation followed a state government delegation to the community led by the Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Danjuma Adamu.

The residents, who told the delegation the way and manner in which the attackers invaded the community, said the assailants were all Amazonia soldiers from neighbouring Cameroun.

The Guardian further learnt that the aggressors, who came in a boat, attacked two communities in Cameroun before invading Manga Community in Taraba State.

A palace guard to the traditional ruler who was killed along side other victims, said the soldiers invaded the community at 7:00a.m on the day of the attack.

The guard, who identified himself as Abubakar Manga, said: “They came in through a narrow bush part after navigating the mountain into our village.”

Manga, who claimed to have witnessed how the foreign soldiers surrounded the community shooting sporadically, said the entrance through which they penetrated the community was closed to the “palace of our village head, which was why they killed him first.

“While several members of the community narrowly escaped through the river, others found their way out of the community through the bush.”

Chief of Shibong, Alexander Yamusa Garkwe, lamented that the recent attack had made residents of the community very vulnerable.