Insecurity in Cameroon : Six BIR troops, two civilians killed in Bouba Ndjidda National Park, North Region
Six troops of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) and two villagers who were their guides were killed on Thursday night at the Bouba Ndjidda National Park according to sources at the 3rd Joint Military Region of the North.
"After receiving an alert indicating the presence of the poachers in the Park, members of the 4th BIR unit were dispatched to patrol and sweep the area. The first group of BIR commandos was ambushed by Sudanese poachers. Six troops and two civilians sustained fatal gunshot wounds", said our source.
According to the same source, a clash between the criminals and another group of commandos of the BIR led to the recovery of "469 units of 7.62 mm ammunition, 03 AK47 magazines, a double SIM card phone and a memory card, a Sudanese identity card, a bloody turban and a wounded horse".
With a surface area of 220,000 hectares, the Bouba Ndjidda National Park is the last refuge of various wild animal species found in the savannas such as lions, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, Kobus kobs, panthers, hyenas, hippos, buffaloes and over 300 bird species.