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Atleast one death after heavy shootings in Belo force villagers to take refuge in hospital

Dillon Ninuh was caught by a stray bullet following violent clashes between security forces and armed men in the locality…

Dillon Ninuh was caught by a stray bullet following violent clashes between security forces and armed men in the locality of Belo, Boyo Division of the North West Region of Cameroon.

It rained bullets between security forces and armed on Thursday in Belo as villagers fled and took refuge at the Mbingo Baptist Hospital.

The fightings started in the early hours of Thursday morning according to eyewitness accounts with roads leading to Belo all blocked leading to passengers blocked and trapped in the confrontations.

The military had launched an assault on the armed men early that Thursday morning as they engaged in shootings, reports say.

Several persons are reported to have been injured in the course of the shoot out and transported to the Mbingo Baptist Hospital for medical attention.

Some villagers and soldiers were trapped after they armed men who had spread across Belo moved to Anyajua and cut off the bridge leading to Belo making it difficult for military support to arrive.

This forced most of the security forces to return on foot as their vehicle was trapped and could not cross back.

A policeman in civilian attire was accidentall shot by soldiers but was immediately rushed to the hospital were he underwent surgent gto extract the bullet, sources at the hospital say.

It is not yet clear the number of casualty from the yesterday’s shoot out but villagers say the presence of blood around the village could signal deaths though several injured persons were transported to the hospital

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