Bamenda students kidnapped in Cameroon finally freed


Cameroonian officials say students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon’s North-West region have been freed.

The 78 students and three others were seized early on Sunday in the region’s capital, Bamenda.

A driver was also released, but the school’s principal and a teacher are still being held.

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.

It is unclear who kidnapped the students and why they did so, but authorities disclosed that the freed students were being questioned before being reunited with their parents.