Gunmen abducts 81 people, mostly school children in Cameroon
NEWS DIGEST–No fewer than 80 people, mostly children, were kidnapped from a school in the city of Bamenda in western Cameroon early on Monday by unknown gunmen, government and military sources said.
No one immediately claimed responsiblity for the abduction in the English-speaking region where separatists are fighting to form a breakaway state.
The separatists have imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their protest against President Paul Biya’s French-speaking government.
“In total 81 people were kidnapped including the [school] principal. They were taken to the bush,” a military source said.
A government spokesman said it was keeping track of an event but that it could not comment further.
The separatist movement gathered pace in 2017 after a government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.
Many people have fled Bamenda and other centers to seek refuge in more peaceful Francophone regions. (Reuters/NAN)