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Ambazonian Militants Launch Retaliatory Attack on Nigerian Community Following Clash with Army

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In a disturbing turn of events, Ambazonian militants from the Republic of Cameroon have reportedly retaliated against the Balegete community in the Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River. This follows a previous clash between the militants and the Nigerian Army on December 5, 2023.

SaharaReporters gathered that the Ambazonian militants invaded Balegete, injuring numerous residents. The Nigerian Army and police intervened, resulting in the death of one militant. However, after the security personnel left, the militants launched a retaliatory attack, killing the traditional leader of the community.

According to a letter addressed to the Head of Local Government Administration in Obanliku council, obtained by SaharaReporters, the militants kidnapped the traditional leader and several youths during the attack. These captives were reportedly forced to bury the deceased militants.

The letter, written by Elder Kechie John E., describes the grim aftermath: “During the attack, the militants shot dead the traditional leader and displaced many residents of the community.”

Balegete, situated in the Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State, shares its eastern boundary with the Republic of Cameroon. The village, which hosts various government facilities, experienced unprecedented violence on December 5, marking a tragic turn of events.

This incident underscores the ongoing threat posed by Ambazonian militants, a rebellious group fighting for sovereignty in southwest Cameroon. Balegete is not the only Nigerian community to suffer from their invasions; Okwa, a community in the Boki Local Government Area, has also been victimized.

Victor Abang, a member of the House of Representatives for the Ikom/Boki federal constituency, expressed concern over the security threat on the national boundary. He emphasized the urgency to halt the continuing invasion of areas in the state, calling for decisive action.

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As these events unfold, the affected communities grapple with the consequences of these attacks, while authorities assess the situation’s broader implications on national security.


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