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Cameroon:Oku wakes up to frightening gunshots

The Oku Special branch police station was reduced to ashes (C)

The locality of Oku, Bui Division of the North West Region got up to frightening gunshots on Monday morning as fighting resumed between security forces and separatist fighters, sources have confirmed.

According to local sources gunshots were heard as early as 5am this morning prompting many residents to stay indoors as they feared for the worst while others simply fled to the bushes.

“We heard heavy sounds of gunshots around the Gendarmerie brigade and the DO’s office and we all went to the floor for fear of being caught by a stray bullet,”a resident told journalducameroun.com.

It is still very difficult to determine the casualties at the moment but Monday’s fightings followed heavy fightings in the locality last week that led to the burning down of a Police Station in a locality with a miliktary van seized and at least three police officers reportedly kidnapped.

Oku, home to Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang has been on red alert in the past month with the kidnap and later release of the Fon.

Five soldiers recently died and several others injured in a road accident after their truck was attacked by unidentified armed men as they were on their way to guard the residence of the Prime Minister Philemon Yang.

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