Several children including school principal abducted in Cameroon

General Jacob Kodji is the first Cameroonian general to die in the battle against Boko Haram. He was the leader of Emergence 4, the name given to one of the operations launched by Cameroon against Boko Haram. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Cameroon Nov 05, 2018, 05.53 PM (IST)

More than 80 people, mostly children, were kidnapped from a school in the city of Bamenda in western Cameroon early on Monday, government and military sources said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction in the English-speaking region where separatists are fighting to form a breakaway state.

The separatists have imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their protest against President Paul Biya's French-speaking government.

"In total 81 people were kidnapped including the school principal. They were taken to the bush," a military source told Reuters.

A government spokesman said it was keeping track of an event but that it could not comment further.

The separatist movement gathered pace in 2017 after a government crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. Many people have fled Bamenda and other centres to seek refuge in more peaceful Francophone regions.

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The separatists have imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their protest against President Paul Biya's French-speaking government.