5 Kids Killed in Assault on Cameroonian College
DOUALA, Cameroon – Gunmen killed five children and seriously wounded nine others when they opened fire on Saturday at a school in the city of Kumba, southwest Cameroon, officials told Reuters.
Officials accused of attacking secessionist insurgents trying to form a breakaway state in English-speaking western Cameroon, although Reuters was unable to confirm this immediately.
“They attacked around noon. They found the children in class and opened fire on them, ”Ali Anougou, a Kumba official, told Reuters. He said nine more were seriously injured and taken to hospital.
Anglophone secessionists have imposed curfews and closed schools to protest against the country’s French-speaking government and the perceived marginalization of the English-speaking minority.
Last year officials accused separatists of kidnapping dozens of school children, which the separatists were denied.