On Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, demanded the immediate release of 79 students and three teachers kidnapped in Cameroon on Monday night.
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"There can be no justification for these crimes against civilians, particularly minors," Guterres stated though U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Highlighting the organization's call "for their immediate release and return to their homes and families."
Gunmen kidnapped 79 students and three professors from a secondary school on Monday in Bamenda, capital of the northwest region of Cameroon, one of the anglophone regions in the turmoil.
The U.N. also called for an answer to the crisis in the country, appealing to dialogue for a peaceful solution, and stating that the U.N is ready to back this dialogue between northeast and southeast Cameroon.
The kidnapping happened on the eve of the inauguration ceremony for the seventh term in office of President Paul Biya. The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon started in 2016 but has grown stronger since 2017 when separatists armed groups rose against the national armed forces.
On a video shared on Tuesday, the kidnappers have identified themselves as the "Amba Boys," members of a separatist group from the Ambazonia state. On the other hand, Cameroon's government has approved a massive search operation, using the armed forces, to find as soon as possible the kidnapped children and their teachers.