Cameroon: kid­napped pupils have been freed

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

SEVENTY-nine school pupils ab­ducted by gun­men this week in a trou­bled English­s­peak­ing re­gion of Cameroon have been freed, the coun­try’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter told me­dia on Wed­nes­day. The kid­nap­pings on Mon­day were the first such mass ab­duc­tions seen in Cameroon and co­in­cide with an up­surge of po­lit­i­cal ten­sions in the coun­try. “All 79 stu­dents have been re­leased,” said Issa Bakary Tchi­roma, with­out giv­ing de­tails of the cir­cum­stances un­der which they were set free. They were kid­napped with three school staff mem­bers, but Tchi­roma said their fate was not yet clear. The stu­dents’ re­lease comes a day af­ter Cameroon’s 85-year-old Pres­i­dent Paul Biya was sworn in for a sev­enth term in of­fice.

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