Sep­a­ratists kid­nap 79 pupils in Cameroon’s restive north­west

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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

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