Over 20 deaths have been confirmed by state officials in the South West region, following an attack on residents of the Egbekaw neighbourhood in Mamfe by armed men identified as separatist fighters.
The incident took place on Monday morning at about 3:30 am. Eyewitness accounts say over ten houses were set ablaze while the occupants were asleep. Others were shot dead the sources added.
The SDO of Manyu division Viang Mekala, said “the Egbekaw New layout quarter was vulnerable because of the closeness to the river and bush.”
Reports say the separatists felt betrayed by the inhabitants whom they targeted.
Dozens are receiving treatment from injuries while more dead bodies are being recovered. The death toll is expected to go higher.