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20 kidnapped students freed in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone region

YAOUNDE, March 21 Xinhua | — Twenty students from the University of Buea’s football team in western Cameroon who were kidnapped Wednesday were released Thursday night after “severe beatings”, according to university authorities.

“There are 20 of them. They were set free just after 8:00 p.m. this Thursday evening, but they are in an unstable health situation. Some of the students have sustained injuries, some are psychologically unstable and need support,” Nicolas Asongu, coach of the team told reporters, adding that some have been hospitalized.

Initial reports indicated that about 15 students were abducted while training in Buea, capital of the Southwest region, which along with the Northwest region is home to most of Cameroon’s English-speakers.

It is not clear who is responsible for the kidnappings, as the two regions have seen a series of kidnapping cases amid tensions.

On Tuesday, a football coach was kidnapped in Bamenda, the largest Anglophone city of Cameroon, and later released.

Meanwhile, a former senior government official who was kidnapped early Wednesday in Bamenda is still in captivity.

Fighting is escalating in the two Anglophone regions of the West African nation where separatists want the two regions to secede from largely French-speaking Cameroon and create a new nation called “Ambazonia”.

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3 comments

  1. ZERO VIVRE ENSEMBLE

    THE HANDIWORK OF FAKE AMBA BOYS.

    • ZERO VIVRE ENSEMBLE

      **** FOOD FOR THOUGHT ****

      «Le président de la république ne peut pas demander aux sécessionnistes de déposer les armes, alors qu’en face l’armée détient toujours les siennes»

      The “operation AK47” will soon create a level playing field. The so-called commission on disarmament should ask LRC terrorists to lay down arms and go return to their country OR ELSE…….

    • ZERO VIVRE ENSEMBLE

      “Cameroun – Transport aérien: Tous les avions de CAMAIR-CO cloués au sol en raison de pannes diverses”

      MY TAKE

      If something is above you, simply accept it and move on with your life.

      Air transportation is surely above the so-called “one and indivisible” LRC

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