Government and military sources said on Monday (Nov 5) that more than 80 people, mostly children, were abducted from a school in the city of Bamenda in western Cameroon. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction in the English-speaking region.
“In total 81 people were kidnapped including the principal. They were taken to the bush,” a military source told Reuters.
As the separatists have imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their protest to form a breakaway state, this abduction incident has got pace in ongoing crises of the state. The separatist movement gathered pace in 2017 after a government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. Many people have fled Bamenda and other centres to seek refuge in more peaceful Francophone regions.
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17 November, 2019