78 Cameroon School Students Kidnapped | Separatist Group Amba boys Claim Responsibility
78 children and their principal Armed have been kidnapped from a Presbyterian school in Nkwen village in Cameroon’s restive northwest region by separatists.
The incident took place near Bamenda late Sunday , the capital of the Anglophone region of Cameroon, as per the information provided by Governor Deben Tchoffo.
A video supposedly of the kidnapped students has been released on social media via men who claim to be separatists called the Amba boys. They hold reference to the state of Ambazonia that armed separatists are attempting to establish in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest regions.
In the video, the abductors force numerous young male students to give their names and the names of their parents. The children say they were captured late Sunday by the Amba boys, and they are not aware about the location.
The separatists who identify themselves as the abductors say they will only release the kidnapped students and principal only when they achieve what they want.
While the video could not be independently confirmed, parents have been responding on social media saying they recognize their children in the video clip.
78 Cameroon School Students Kidnapped
It comes post the recent elections on October 7 that saw President Paul Biya, 85, who has ruled the country with an firm hand for 35 years, secure a 7th term in office.
Mr Biya had a landslide victory with 71.3 percent of the vote, although the election was marred by allegations of widespread fraud, truncated voter turnout and violence.
He takes his oath of office on Tuesday. Reading between the lines it can be implied that the demands of the separatists could have a political impact.
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Sources: telegraph.co.uk, franc24english, ndtv
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