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79 abducted pupils freed in troubled Cameroon region: Minister

AFP  |  Yaounde 

Seventy-nine school pupils abducted by gunmen this week in a troubled English-speaking region of have been freed, the country's told Wednesday.

"All 79 students have been released," said Issa Bakary Tchiroma, without giving details of the circumstances under which they were set free.

The kidnappings on Monday were the first such mass abductions seen in and coincide with an upsurge of political tensions in the majority French-speaking country.

The students were enrolled at the in Bamenda, capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region -- one of two areas where surging anglophone separatist militancy has been met with a brutal crackdown by authorities.

Their release comes a day after Cameroon's 85-year-old was sworn in for a seventh term in office.

Biya has promised to pursue policies of decentralisation to address "frustrations and aspirations" in English-speaking regions.

A six-minute video seen by on Monday, but which could not be confirmed independently, showed 11 boys apparently aged about 15 giving their identity and name of the school in English, and adding that they were abducted by the "Amba Boys" -- a name for anglophone separatists.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 14:30 IST
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