The match between Gambia and Mauritania was delayed after unconfirmed reports emerged that government forces and separatists engaged in a gun battle.
In a post first shared by GOAL, the prestigious website noted that Cameroonian forces were seen in a video engaging Ambazonia separatists in the disputed town of Buea in the country’s southwest region.
In the brief 25-second video, shooting could be heard while soldiers holding weapons appear to walk towards the source of the firing.
GOAL added that several people caught in the crossfire have been transported to a local medical facility for surgery, while the Cameroon News Agency reported earlier on Wednesday that two military helicopters were flying over the town of Buea following the violence.
They also note that there were two deaths and five further injuries during the exchanges of fire.
It is unclear whether the danger has passed or if there is an ongoing threat to the afternoon’s fixtures, which are taking place in Limbe, just over 20kms from the site of the alleged shooting incident.
Meanwhile, the game has commenced and as of press time, Gambia have their noses in front with a lone goal.
Unattributed footage has reached me from credible source of shooting between Cameroonian forces and Ambazonia separatist fighters in Buea, just over 20kms from Limbe stadium – which will host two Afcon matches this afternoon.
— Ed Dove (@EddyDove) January 12, 2022