Douala, Cameroon — Cameroon has deployed troops to its port town of Douala, the rustic’s financial hub, to take a look at to stem a wave of gang violence.

The lack of confidence has additionally disrupted Cameroon’s exports to its landlocked neighbors, the Central African Republic and Chad.

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya ordered the troops to Douala all through two days of emergency safety conferences that ended Wednesday.

Cameroon government have now not given the selection of troops deployed, however Douala citizens advised VOA they noticed 13 army vans on Tuesday evening coming into the port town.

Authorities say the troops had been wanted as police were preventing day by day conflicts with armed gangs in Doula because the starting of the month.

Police say the clashes noticed loads of youths arrested and compelled some retail outlets to shut their doorways all through the in most cases bustling vacation season.

Several companies remained closed Wednesday in Mboppi, a well-liked community in Douala.

Dress dealer Evans Eboua, 37, stated he desires the federal government to guarantee his protection earlier than reopening his store.

He stated contemporary gang assaults in Douala are as unhealthy as an identical gang assaults he witnessed in 2017. Eboua stated the gangs he noticed in Mboppi had been divided into two teams. He stated the primary crew carried weapons and machetes, chased civilians, and destroyed their retail outlets and cars, whilst the second one crew looted.

Some locals blamed the spike in violence on unemployed youths and migrants from the Central African Republic and Nigeria.

Samuel Frank Mvondo, who imports bikes from China, stated crime wave spikes in Douala occur as a result of Nigerian financial migrants and those that fled political tensions in the CAR to make money in Cameroon’s coastal town and financial hub are not able to in finding jobs. Mvondo stated the foreigners sign up for unemployed college graduates who’ve now not discovered govt jobs and depend on motorbike taxis to terrorize Douala citizens.

Cameroon government didn’t say what number of of the ones detained had been foreigners. They stated greater than 15,000 Nigerians are living in Douala, maximum of them promoting motorbike and car spare portions.

The Association of Nigerian Businesspersons in Douala by way of state CRTV known as on its individuals to be regulation abiding.

The Douala City Council stated not up to 5% of no less than 30,000 motorcyclists in Douala are authorized to delivery passengers.