Cameroon school kidnap: 81 students taken in Nkwen village swoop

Over 80 People Mostly Schoolchildren Kidnapped In Cameroon Reports

"That 79 of our children and three of their staff can be picked up by terrorists", Tchoffo said.

A video purportedly of the kidnapped children has been released on social media by militants calling themselves the Amba Boys.

In the video, men who identified themselves as the kidnappers forced several boys to state their names and the names of their parents.

The children say they were kidnapped late on Sunday, and they do not know where they are being held. Between February 2017 and May 2018, for example, at least 42 schools in the regions were attacked, including 36 that were damaged by arson attacks, 11 damaged by other types of attacks, as well as two school buses burnt down and various harassments and attacks on students and teachers.

"You will be going to school now here", the men say, according to the news service.

"We shall only release you after the struggle".

The country's communications minister, Issa Bakary Tchiroma, said all students, who had been taken from a school in the city of Bamenda, had been released.

While the video could not be independently verified, parents have been reacting on social media saying they recognise their children in the video.

The government responded with a crackdown and separatists fought back.

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The area is now embroiled in an ugly dispute, with separatists fighting for a breakaway state.

The kidnappings were the first such mass abductions seen in Cameroon and coincide with an upsurge of political tensions in the majority French-speaking country. The separatists also have torched at least a hundred schools and driven out students and teachers from buildings taken over as training grounds. But Sunday's involved the largest number of people kidnapped at once, the AP reported.

"These appalling abductions show just how the general population is paying the highest price as violence escalates in the Anglophone region", said Samira Daoud, Amnesty International deputy regional director for West and Central Africa. Worldwide actors - especially the African Union, the United Nations, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States - should unanimously condemn violence against civilians and make clear that no political objective justifies tampering with the right to education and abducting sleeping schoolchildren from their beds.

The school's website says that the student body numbers more than 700, drawn from "all the religious and linguistic origins of Cameroon".

Supporters of Cameroon's Incumbent President Paul Biya, of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party, celebrate his election victory in Yaounde in October.

Last week an American missionary was killed after he was caught in the crossfire between separatist fighters and security forces.

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

He takes his oath of office on Tuesday.

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