Separatists kidnap 79 pupils in Cameroon’s restive northwest
Armed separatists kidnapped at least 79 students and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon, the governor said Monday.
North West Region Gov. Deben Tchoffo said the students abducted Sunday night were ages 11-17, and they were taken from Nkwen, a village near the regional capital, Bamenda, along with school staff that included the principal.
“It is rather unfortunate that this is happening, that 79 of our children and three of their staff can be picked up by terrorists,” Tchoffo said.
“We have asked our military to do everything and bring back the kids alive.”
A video purporting to show the kidnapped students was posted on social media from a group of men who call themselves “Amba boys,” a reference to the state of Ambazonia that armed separatists want to establish in Cameroon’s Anglophone North West and South West regions.
In the video, men who identified themselves as the kidnappers forced several boys to give their names and those of their parents.
The boys also said they were taken by the armed men late Sunday and didn’t know where they were being held. – AP