Two gendarmes were reportedly shot in Bamenda in the wee hours of Wednesday, November 8, in a shootout between the security forces and unidentified men.
The Nkwen neighbourhood in Bamenda, on that fateful Monday, was restless due to prolonged exchange of gunfire between unknown men and gendarmes guarding the Government Bilingual High School, Bayelle, leading to the death of a Gendarme Officer.
According to gendarme sources, the assailants who carried out the onslaught in Nkwen and at a checkpoint on the Bamenda-Bafut Road were on a bike shooting and riding at high speed. Another gendarme was shot at the checkpoint.
The two gendarmes who were shot dead are: Marechal du Lodgi Chef Rene Hinma and a student gendarme, David Sali, shot dead in Bafut and Bamenda respectively.
There have been some arrests, especially of persons who were out on sports at about 5.00am, without their ID cards, around Foncha Street. They are being detained at Ntabessi Gendarmerie Brigade in Nkwen for further investigations.
Our sources revealed that an unidentified womanon a commercial bike was also shot dead by a stray bullet.The corpses are preserved at the Bamenda Regional Hospital Mortuary.
The Bamenda incident brings to three,gendarmes killed by unidentified persons.
At the time of writing this story, life had returned to normal as businesses that started timidly between 8.00-9.00am fully gathered steam.