At least seven civilians were reportedly shot dead by security forces in Buea, headquarters of the South West Region on Thursday morning, sources have confirmed.
According to local sources, six young men were rounded up around Babouti quarters, in Buea Town by soldiers in the early hours of Thursday morning before being shot dead. A seventh, an elderly man was attained by a stray bullet before giving up the ghost.
The circumstances surrounding their killing is not clear but sources say the young men had got up early to head to the mosque for early morning prayers. Other sources say the young men were reportedly gambling in the early hours at a popular spot.
Sources within the neighbourhood however confirm security forces had been patrolling the area for the past weeks warning residence to stay off suspected areas.
This brings to the number of civilians killed in Buea by security forces to at least nine after two persons were killed at Campaign street on Monday.