YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Armed men have kidnapped at least 78 pupils and their main by a Presbyterian college in Nkwen village at Cameroon’s restive shore area, a governor said Monday.
The kidnapping overdue Sunday happened near Bamenda, the funds of this troubled English-speaking area, based on Governor Deben Tchoffo.
A video purportedly of those kidnapped kids was release on societal media via guys who call themselves Amba boys, a reference to the nation of Ambazonia that armed separatists want to set in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest areas.
From the movie, the kidnappers induce about six of their kids to provide their names and the titles of the parents. The kids say that they had been kidnapped late Sunday, and they do not understand where they’re being held.
The guys who recognize themselves because the kidnappers say they’ll only release the kids when they reach what they need.
“We will only release you following the battle. You’ll be visiting school today here,” say the guys who identified themselves as Amba boys. While the movie couldn’t be independently confirmed, parents were responding on social media stating they recognize their kids in the movie.
Hundreds are killed in Cameroon’s Anglophone areas in the last year, where violence involving armed separatists and the army have increased as a government crackdown against protesters from the northwest and southwest areas who assert that since the English-speaking minority they’re marginalized from the French-speaking authorities.
Violent separatists took up arms to destabilize the Anglophone areas to win liberty for those regions they would like to declare another state, they predict Ambazonia.
Last week separatist militants assaulted employees on a state-run rubber farm in restive southwestern Cameroon, chopping off their hands since the guys had defied an order to steer clear of the farms.
An American pupil also expired in the northwest region around Bamenda later he had been shot in the mind amid fighting between armed separatists and soldiers at northwestern Cameroon.
The chaos in Cameroon comes as President Paul Biya, who’s headed since 1982, easily won a seventh semester last month at an election which the United States claims was marked by irregularities. The authorities did away with presidential term limits several decades past, a part of a fad in Africa which has dismayed many.