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17 févr. 2019 | 07h53 UTC

Cameroon: Gunmen abduct students, teachers in Northwest region Feb. 16

Cameroon Alerte de sécurité

Gunmen abduct up to 200 students and teachers from a school in Kumbo (Northwest region) on February 16; further abductions and violence are possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 17/2/2019, 12h00 until 24/2/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Northwest region

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Event

Unknown gunmen reportedly assaulted a school in Kumbo (Northwest region) in the morning (local time) of Saturday, February 16, kidnapping a large number of students and teachers. Reports vary, though as many as 200 people may have been abducted. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though separatist groups have previously demanded the closure of all schools.

Context

Cameroon's English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions remains tense due to an ongoing separatist movement and conflict between armed groups and the government. Strikes, unrest, and violence has been common since November 2016 and has escalated since October 2017 following a unilateral proclamation of independence.

This is the second mass kidnapping in Anglophone Cameroon since January 2019.

Advice

Individuals in Northwest and Southwest regions, and Cameroon more broadly, are advised to take precautions against kidnapping, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, avoid public demonstrations as a precaution, and remain vigilant for militant activity.

 

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