April 24, 2024

Cameroon launches airstrikes in Bakassi Peninsula, seeks to flush out Biafra separatists

Cameroon launches airstrikes in Bakassi Peninsula, seeks to flush out Biafra separatists

Anietie Akpan

As the intermittent clashes between the Cameroonian Forces and Biafra Separatist groups persist, the Cameroonian Air Force has carried out airstrikes in the creeks of Bakassi Peninsula of the Gulf of Guinea.

Sources close to the separatist groups told Pillar Today that the aerial bombardment which took place in the early hours of November 2 in the creeks of Akpankanya village was aimed at flushing out the Biafra rebel group, the Dragon Fighter Marine that has been terrorising the area.

However, no casualty was recorded at the time of filling this report.

The attack is coming days after a suspected suicide bomber blew up oil installations at the maritime border of Bakassi in Cameroon.

Recall that the militant group had attacked and killed members of the Rapid d’intervention Battalions (BIR), in the area a few days ago resulting in retaliatory attacks by men of the BIR that left two militants dead.

Simon Ekpa, a Finland-based Biafra Separatist Leader, had posted on X (former Twitter) that he would aid the militant groups in the peninsula which he referred to as the Biafran Naval wing.

Meanwhile, the Biafra Nations League (BnL), a group suspected to be the parent body of the Black Marine and Dragon Fighter Marine has continued to remain silent after threatening international businesses, and oil exploitation in the Gulf of Guinea. The BnL is led by Princewill Chimezie Richards.

In a separate development, the Dragon Fighter Marine had on October 31, launched a defensive attack on an army combat unit of the Cameroonian BIR, killing three of the troops in a face-to-face confrontation as they were overwhelmed in an attempt to invade the Atabong East communities in Idabato subdivision where senior officers of the BnL met a few days ago. This is coming hours after the group was accused of suicide bombing on October 30.

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