Masked Gunmen

Gunmen have kidnapped seventy-nine school students in an English-speaking region of Cameroon, a government source said.

The students were abducted on Monday along with their principal, a teacher and a driver, the official said, as a source at the school confirmed the kidnapping of the pupils.

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They were enrolled at the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, capital of Cameroon’s Northwest Region — one of two regions hit by attacks by anglophone militants that have met with a brutal crackdown by the authorities.

“In total 81 people were kidnapped including the school principal. They were taken to the bush,” a military source said.

Most of the students kidnapped, were students of Form Five preparing for the GCE O’ Level and have appeared in a video posted online by pro-eparatist activists.

Authorities of the North West region say security forces have launched an operation to rescue the children and called on the local community to remain calm.