YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A church official in Cameroon says that the 79 college students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen have been launched, however two of the three employees members kidnapped are nonetheless being held. Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of Cameroon’s Presbyterian Church, mentioned Wednesday that the schoolchildren, who had been kidnapped Sunday night time from a church college, had been left at a church close to Bamenda, the capital of the troubled English-speaking North West area.

He mentioned the scholars appeared drained and as if that they had suffered throughout their captivity.

He pleaded with the abductors to free the employees nonetheless held. He had requested dad and mom and guardians to take dwelling all their kids. He mentioned the Presbyterian boarding college with 700 college students is being closed due to the safety scenario.

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A video purportedly of the kidnapped kids was launched on social media Sunday by way of males who name themselves Amba boys, a reference to the state of Ambazonia which armed separatists are attempting to ascertain in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest areas.

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A picture taken from video posted on-line by Cameroonian separatists exhibits members of the Pink Dragons group, one among a number of rebel teams staging assaults within the title of creating an impartial, English-speaking state of “Ambazonia” in north and southwest Cameroon.

Within the video, the abductors compelled a number of of the younger male college students to offer their names and the names of their dad and mom. The kids mentioned they have been kidnapped late Sunday by the Amba boys, and they do not know the place they’re being held.

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“We will solely launch you after the wrestle. You can be going to high school now right here,” say the lads who recognized themselves as Amba boys. Whereas the video couldn’t be independently verified, dad and mom reacted on social media saying they acknowledged their kids within the video.

Lots of have been killed in Cameroon’s Anglophone areas prior to now yr, the place violence between armed separatists and the navy has elevated since a authorities crackdown towards protesters within the northwest and southwest areas, who declare that because the English-speaking minority they’re marginalized by the French-speaking authorities.

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Final week separatist militants attacked employees on a state-run rubber plantation in restive southwestern Cameroon, chopping off their fingers as a result of the lads had defied an order to steer clear of the farms.

An American missionary additionally died within the northwest area round Bamenda after he was shot within the head amid preventing between armed separatists and troopers.

The turmoil in Cameroon comes as President Paul Biya, who has held his workplace since 1982, simply received a seventh time period final month in an election that the US says was marked by irregularities. The federal government did away with presidential time period limits a number of years in the past, a part of a pattern in Africa that has dismayed many.

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