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Separatist fighters kidnap 3 students in Cameroon’s restive region

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Gunmen alleged to be members of one of Cameroon’s armed separatist movements abducted three students on their way to school on Friday October 11.

The abduction occured at Below Foncha in Bamenda, North West region of Cameroon.

Eyewitnesses said the three students were kidnapped while walking in groups with other schoolmates and taken to an unknown location.

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School children who were kidnapped by armed men were released and helped into a truck by police in Bamenda, Cameroon, on November 7, 2018 (Josiane Kouagheu/Reuters)

One of the students who escaped told local media that they were asked by their abductors why they were going to school.

The whereabouts of the two remaining students were unknown on Saturday morning.

For three years now, separatist fighters have imposed total school boycott in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, North West and South West, using it as a bargaining chip for political gains.

They have sometimes implored extreme actions such as kidnappings and torture of students to force the school boycott agenda down the throat of those who disobey them.

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