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Muea in lockdown as soldiers battle separatists

A filling station in Muea destroyed as a result of the shootout (c) All rights reserved

The locality of Muea in Buea subdivision in the South West Region of Cameroon was in a lockdown on Sunday morning following a shootout between security forces and separatists.

According to residents of Muea, heavy gunshots were heard in the area as early as 4.am on Sunday as soldiers battled gunmen who had invaded the area.

The shootings continued into the day as the gunmen later attacked the Muea Police station and an attempt to set it on fire was immediately foiled. Residents say a filling station was attacked and several items destroyed as the gunmen also erected blocks on sections of the road.

The shootings forced residents to remain indoors with the regular Sunday Muea market completely empty and traffic totally paralyzed.

However, some locals have confirmed to journalducameroun.com that the situation is calmer though tension remains in the air with very few vehicles plying the streets.

Sunday’s shootings follow on from Friday when the gunmen attacked a police control post in Mile 16 in an attempt to stop a visit to Buea of the French Secretary of State in charge of European and Foreign Affairs.

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