Mali suspend training after gun battle

African Football

The Mali national team had to reportedly suspend training in Cameroon this week after a gun battle between rebels and government forces erupted.  

The West African nation walked away with three points in their Africa Cup of Nations opening fixture against Tunisia on Wednesday. 

Prior to the tie, Mali had to suspend training after forces stormed into a town in west Cameroon near the Limbe training base that is being used by both Mali and Gambia for the tournament, according to Daily Mail

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Local media report that two people died and five more received injuries during the gunfire, however, the area is now being heavily manned with army checkpoints on the way into Limbe.

"The Malian team has suspended training and left the Molyko stadium," the Cameroon news agency reported, per Daily Mail 

"Two civilians (men) have been found dead at the Buea Central market following exchanges of gunshots between Ambazonia and government forces." 

The rebels are believed to have objected to the hosting of games in that specific part of the country and have already taken responsibility for the attacks after their previous threats of violence. 

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Blaise Chamango, a human rights worker in the area, made a shocking revelation about the separationists. 

"There were gun shots this morning around the town,” Chamango said, per Daily Mail 

“We also got information there was an improvised explosive device at the market. 

"The [separatist] groups and security forces were fighting in the area. 

"The non-state groups want to create the impression that nothing should take place in the south west region [of Cameroon during the Afcon]." 

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