Gunfire erupted in Molyko, Buea, in the Southwest region of Cameroon, around 11:30 pm on January 29, according to multiple witnesses. Videos corroborate these accounts, showing hooded gunmen, who identify themselves as members of a separatist militia from the Fako department, firing several shots. The gunmen threatened to kill anyone who did not adhere to the “ghost towns” policy imposed by the secessionists every Monday.
Witnesses reported seeing burning vehicles and a body on the Buea-Molyko road, suggesting a man was likely killed during the attack. SBBC has not been able to independently verify reports of at least three fatalities, and no official statement has been released regarding the incident as of press time.
The Southwest region, like its neighboring North-West region, has been embroiled in a separatist conflict since 2017. Residents have been fleeing villages for the relative safety of towns, which are more heavily fortified by government forces and have seen fewer attacks.