A Kidnapping of 78 on Sunday, a Release by Tuesday

Good news after mass child abduction in Cameroon
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2018 10:45 AM CST
78 Kidnapped Students Freed in Cameroon
A soldier stands guard during the presidential election in Yaounde, Cameroon, on Oct. 9. 2011.   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(Newser) – All 78 students kidnapped by anti-government separatists in Cameroon Sunday have been freed, officials now say, but the ordeal isn't over for everyone. The BBC reports that the children taken from Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda are now being questioned by authorities before they get to go home to their families. It hasn't been definitively established who abducted the 42 girls and 36 boys, per CNN, with the government and the so-called "Amba Boys"—an English-speaking minority movement opposed to President Paul Biya—both accusing each other. Still reportedly held by the kidnappers: a teacher and the school's principal, though a driver has also been said to have been released. (An African billionaire was kidnapped last month.)

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