At least eight youngsters have been killed after gunmen stormed a faculty in southwestern Cameroon on Saturday, the United Nations (UN) stated.
“At least eight children were killed as a result of gunshots and attack with machetes,” on the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, information company AFP quoted the native UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as saying.
“Another twelve were wounded and taken to local hospitals,” the assertion by the official additional stated, which might make it one of many worst such assaults within the area to this point.
Police sources stated that the youngsters have been killed when a “group of nine terrorist assailants” stormed the varsity and opened fireplace on pupils aged between 9 and 12 years.
Following the assault, President of the African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted: “There are no words for the grief nor condemnation strong enough to express my horror at the brutal attack which targeted primary school children… while they were sitting learning, in their classroom.”
“I unreservedly condemn the acts of barbarism committed in Kumba. Murdering children… is to attack the very foundations of our nation,” Cameroon Public Health Minister Malachie Manaouda was quoted by AFP as saying.
Accroding to a report in Reuters, no group has claimed duty for the assault on the bilingual college in Kumba, however the space has been caught up in violence between Anglophone separatists and authorities forces for 3 years.
It was additionally unclear if the assault was linked to an ongoing battle between the military and teams searching for to type a breakaway state referred to as Ambazonia within the English-speaking west.
According to the Reuters report, Some youngsters have been injured leaping from second storey home windows, the report stated.
“They found the children in class and they opened fire on them,” Reuters quoted metropolis sub-prefect Ali Anougou as saying.
Videos circulating on social media filmed by native journalists confirmed adults speeding from the varsity with youngsters of their arms, surrounded by wailing onlookers.
(With inputs from Reuters and the AFP)
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