Armed separatists kill eight students in a Cameroon school attack, and injure over 10 others.
Eight students of Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy in Fiango, Kumba have died following an attack on their school by armed separatist fighters Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Videos making rounds on social media indicate that the gunmen entered the classroom while the students were studying and opened fire on them.
“At least five children of Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, a school with both primary and secondary children in Kumba, a restive town in Cameroon’s South West Region were shot and killed on the spot when unknown gunmen, Saturday, October 24, 2020, opened fire on over a dozen. An unspecified number has been listed to have sustained injuries,” National Telegraph, owned by Ambazonia activist Eric Tataw, reported shortly after the incident.
“I'm on the field. Close to ten children are at the emergency unit of the Kumba District Hospital while five lifeless bodies are at the mortuary and elements of the Army Rescue have rushed to the school to recover about two lifeless bodies from the school campus,” a journalist covering the incident said.
This is one of many other separatist attacks on schools in Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions since 2016 when Common Lawyers and Anglophone Teachers went on strike against perceived marginalization of English-speaking Cameroonians.
According to the UN, more than 80 percent of schools in the English-speaking North West and South West regions are closed; as the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate due to the three-year conflict between the government and armed groups.
The school closures are the result of a ban on education imposed by militia groups, which has affected more than 600,000 children, seen at least 74 schools destroyed, and exposed students, teachers, and school personnel to violence, abduction, and intimidation.
Shortened and Edited from Cameroon-Info.Net - by Atia Tilarious Azohnwi