Armed men in Cameroon kidnap 79 schoolchildren

78 students kidnapped from Presbyterian school: Cameroon governor

78 students kidnapped from Presbyterian school: Cameroon governor

"Praise God 78 children and the driver have been released", said Samuel Fonki, a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon.

In the video, the kidnappers force several young male students to give their names and the names of their parents.

There have been other kidnappings from schools in North West Region.

Governor Deben Tchoffo spoke publicly about the kidnappings, stating: "It is rather unfortunate that this is happening, that 79 of our children and three of their staff can be picked up by terrorists".

The students kidnapped Monday were enrolled at the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region - one of two regions hit by attacks by anglophone militants that have met with a brutal crackdown by the authorities.

Fighting between the military and separatists increased after the Government clamped down on peaceful demonstrations by English-speaking teachers and lawyers protesting what they said was their marginalisation by Cameroon's French-speaking majority.

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Dozens of people, mostly school pupils, have been kidnapped from a boarding school in the west of Cameroon.

One of them shouted, how many times have we asked you not to work here again.

A video purportedly of the kidnapped children has been released on social media via men who call themselves Amba boys, a reference to the state of Ambazonia that armed separatists are trying to establish in Cameroon's north-west and south-west regions.

Meanwhile government has accused separatists who are now fighting an armed campaign for independence in the English speaking side of the country where the kidnappings occurred. Neither the government nor the separatist groups provided evidence to substantiate their accusations.

The men in the video said they would only release the students once the goal of creating a new state is achieved.

Nkwen in Bamenda, their principal, a teacher and driver, were abducted by unknown men early Monday, according to the school authorities. Worldwide actors - especially the African Union, the United Nations, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States - should unanimously condemn violence against civilians and make clear that no political objective justifies tampering with the right to education and abducting sleeping schoolchildren from their beds. Last week, an American missionary was fatally shot in the head while in his auto, apparently caught in crossfire between government soldiers and armed separatists in Bamenda. President Paul Biya has been in power since 1982.

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