Assailants storm non-public faculty in metropolis of Kumba, Southwest Area, killing at the very least 4 college students.
Attackers have opened hearth on a personal faculty in Cameroon’s Southwest Area, killing at the very least 4 kids, in line with officers.
The unknown assailants stormed the Mom Francisca Faculty within the metropolis of Kumba on Saturday. There was no quick declare of duty.
“They attacked round midday. They discovered the kids in a category they usually opened hearth on them,” Kumba sub-prefect Ali Anougou advised the Reuters information company.
A minimum of 9 different college students have been wounded and despatched to the hospital. There have been fears the loss of life toll might rise.
The Related Press information company quoted Anougou as blaming separatists who’ve been combating the army in components of western Cameroon for the assault.
Cameroon’s two Anglophone areas – the Northwest and Southwest Areas – are house to a big minority of English audio system in a rustic the place French audio system are the overwhelming majority – a state of affairs that’s the legacy of the decolonisation of western Africa by France and Britain greater than 60 years in the past.
In late 2016, long-standing complaints of political and financial discrimination towards English audio system by the central authorities spilled over when legal professionals, college students and academics started calling for reforms.
The federal government’s deadly response to the protests provoked rebels to declare in 2017 independence for a area they name “Ambazonia”, triggering a stronger crackdown by the authorities.
Either side have since been accused of committing atrocities in a battle that has killed some 3,000 folks and compelled a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals from their houses.
Anglophone secessionists have imposed curfews and closed colleges as a part of their protest towards President Paul Biya’s authorities.
Final yr, officers blamed separatists for kidnapping dozens of schoolchildren, costs the separatists denied.