Yaounde, Cameroon (African Boulevard News) – On February 25, 2023, tragedy struck the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope in Buea town, Cameroon, when an explosion occurred, leaving at least 19 people injured, including nine athletes and ten civilians, including a baby. This senseless act of violence has left the country in mourning, and the authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion .
According to local reports, the explosion occurred during a sports event, causing widespread panic and chaos. Some sources have suggested that it may have been caused by an explosive device, but the authorities have not yet confirmed the cause of the explosion.
The Mount Cameroon Race of Hope is an annual event that draws athletes from all over the world to Mount Cameroon, the highest peak in West Africa. It is seen as a symbol of hope and unity for the people of Cameroon, but this year’s event was marred by tragedy. The nine injured athletes suffered from shrapnel wounds and burns, according to several reports from eye-witnesses. The injured civilians were taken to local hospitals for treatment, and their condition is still unknown.
In the aftermath of the explosion, many have expressed their condolences to the victims and their families. The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, issued a statement expressing his sympathy. The African Union has also condemned the attack and has pledged to work with the Cameroonian government to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
The people of Cameroon are in mourning, and the country has been plunged into a state of shock and disbelief. The Mount Cameroon Race of Hope has always been a symbol of hope and unity, and it is a tragedy that it has been marred by this senseless act of violence. We send our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families during this difficult time.