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Kidnappers free 79 students in Cameroon

November 08, 2018 00:00:00


YAOUNDÉ, Nov 07 (BBC): Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon's North-West region have been freed, officials say.

The 79 students and three others were seized early on Sunday in the region's capital, Bamenda.

The school's principal, the driver, and a teacher are still in captivity, the BBC's Mayeni Jones reports.

The government and separatists in the English-speaking region have been accusing each other of being behind the kidnapping.

A video purportedly showing some of the kidnapped students from Bamenda's Presbyterian Secondary School has been shared online, sparking outrage.

An Anglophone separatist movement took up arms last year to demand independence for the North-West and South-West regions - the two English-speaking regions in a country where French is the most widely spoken official language.

The circumstances of the students' release are unclear but authorities say they are being questioned before being reunited with their parents.

According to the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon, the students were abandoned in one of their buildings in the town of Bafut, about 24km (15 miles) from Bamenda.


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