Armed separatists kidnapped at least 79 students, boys and girls, and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon on the end of the last week.
Louis Marie Begne, spokesman for Cameroon's Northwest government, said the men entered the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, overwhelmed the guard and forced him to take them to the sleeping children. The students are ages 11-17 and the school principal was among the staff members abducted. "We have asked our military to do everything and bring back the kids alive," North West Region Gov. Deben Tchoffo declared. A video to show the kidnapped students was released on social media from a group of men who call themselves "Amba boys." The men in the video said they would only release the students once the goal of creating a new state is achieved.
Military troup searching
The armed separatists have vowed to destabilize the regions as part of the strategy for creating a breakaway state. People were kidnapped in the past at other schools. This time was the largest nbumber of ostatics captured. "The abduction of schoolchildren and teachers can never be justified," Samira Daoud, Amnesty International deputy regional director for West and Central Africa said. The BIR - the Rapid Intervention Battalion, an elite military unit – and many helicopters are participating at the search for the youngsters.