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Cameroon: At least 12 Bamenda University students kidnapped on graduation day

At least twelve students of the University of Bamenda were reportedly kidnapped on Saturday December 8 as the institution was graduation its eighth batch of students, sources have said.

The students were picked up by the gunmen as they were on their way to campus and ferried to an unidentified location where they have been held till date.

The gunmen later released a video on Monday December 10 showing the faces of the students and issuing what they describe as a last warning to any student of the University who insist on going to school.

The gunmen said in the video they were going to release the students but threatened any other student “caught” by them will be “dealt with” accordingly.

University authorities are yet to comment on the abduction of the students but it was a tense situation in Bambili on Saturday as gunshots were heard around town while the graduation ceremony was going on.

Last month, at least a staff of the institution and students were kidnapped a the University of Bamenda was matriculating new students in the institution.

Regular clashes between security forces and separatist fighters in the area have been on the rise forcing many residents to flee for safety.

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