Uniformed gunmen open fire in Cameroon's economic capital

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Posted: Sep 29, 2011 5:40 AM
Uniformed gunmen open fire in Cameroon's economic capital

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Gunmen dressed in military fatigues opened fire on the main bridge in Cameroon's economic capital Douala on Thursday and demanded that President Paul Biya step down, a security official and local media said.

The official said the gunmen, including one holding a banner urging Biya to step down, were dressed in military fatigues.

Cameroon authorities were not immediately available for comment. It was not clear how many gunmen were involved.

Cameroon will hold a presidential election on October 9 and Biya, who has ruled the Central African nation for nearly 30 years, is expected to win after tweaking the constitution to remove presidential term limits in 2008.

A local television broadcaster said security forces had taken control of the Wouri bridge and that the gunmen were on the run.

(Reporting by Tansa Musa; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Angus MacSwan)