A convoy of trucks en route to Bangui from Cameroon was attacked on July 18 by rebels in the Central African Republic. Cameroonian truckers came under heavy artillery fire on the evening of Saturday 18 July at Lokoti-Bangui, a town located some 70 km from the CAR. Cameroon Concord sources in Bertoua, capital of the Eastern region have unanimously confirmed that eight drivers were killed.
At the time of writing this report, information filtered to our Yaounde bureau news desk that among those killed was a trade union official from the Adamawa. The Divisional Officer of Lokoti-Bangui was quoted as saying that he has completely lost contact with Yaounde ever since rebel incursions started in the Eastern region.
The president of Cameroon's Professional Drivers Union have written to Prime Minister Philemon Yang threatening a nationwide strike action. For several months now, Cameroon has been the subject of numerous incursions of CAR rebels from the east.