79 children abducted from Christian school in Cameroon

ChristianToday.com reports: “Armed men kidnapped 79 children from a school in western Cameroon on Monday and a local pastor said separatist militias were responsible.

The abduction happened before dawn in the city of Bamenda in the English-speaking Northwest region. The children, their principal and a driver were taken into the bush outside town, military and government sources said, and the army had started searching the area.

Anglophone secessionists have imposed curfews and closed schools as part of their protest against President Paul Biya’s French-speaking government and its perceived marginalisation of the English-speaking minority.

A separatist spokesman denied involvement in the kidnapping.

‘In total 81 people were kidnapped including the [school] principal. They were taken to the bush,’ a military source told Reuters…”

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