Over 70 schoolchildren kidnapped in Cameroon along with three supervisors

78 students kidnapped from Presbyterian school: Cameroon governor

78 students kidnapped from Presbyterian school: Cameroon governor

At least 81 people, mostly children, were kidnapped from a school in Cameroon's Bamenda on Monday, Reuters reported quoting government and military officials.

"We shall only release you after the struggle".

Separatists are fighting an armed campaign in the area as they seek to set up an independent state called Ambazonia. The principal and one teacher are still with the kidnappers.

Militants have kidnapped at least 78 students from a Christian school in northwestern Cameroon.

Meanwhile government has accused separatists who are now fighting an armed campaign for independence in the English speaking side of the country where the kidnappings occurred.

But it remains unclear who the kidnappers were and why the children were taken.

The men who identify themselves as the kidnappers say they will only release the children when they achieve what they want.

"So [on] the evening of yesterday, surprisingly and by God's grace, the children were brought back to us".

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Several hours after the kidnapping took place, a video was released on social media which showed the kidnappers forcing the abducted children to call out their names and the names of their parents.

It said the school, located on the outskirts of Bamenda where there is a negligible presence by the security forces, would remain shuttered "until further notice".

The children say they were kidnapped late on Sunday, and they do not know where they are being held.

Conflict began in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon in 2016 when teachers and lawyers complained of discrimination from the French-speaking majority in education and the justice system.

The group of 42 girls and 36 boys was seized by gunmen with their school principal, a teacher and driver early Monday from the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda, in the northwest of the central African nation.

"We urge an immediate halt to the indiscriminate targeting of civilians and burning of houses by Cameroonian government forces and to attacks perpetrated by both Anglophone separatists against security forces and civilians", the department said in a statement from spokesperson Heather Nauert. "The abduction of schoolchildren and teachers can never be justified".

In this Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 file photo, Cameroon's Incumbent President Paul Biya, of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party, casts his vote during presidential elections in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The turmoil in Cameroon comes after President Paul Biya won a seventh term last month in an election the U.S. said was marked by irregularities.

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