The accusation relates to an incident on January 10 that the Cameroon army, which is fighting armed separatists in the region, says was a fight with "terrorists."
The recent sentencing of separatists is likely to fuel more anger and resentment among the Anglophone population and alienate them from the Francophone-dominated government, but the dialogue can reverse hard feelings.
A government source confirmed that 79 students were abducted along with their principal, a teacher and a driver in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's English-speaking northwest region.
Young men are leaving everything behind to take up rifles to fight for the new state known as ‘Ambazonia’
Cameroon's anglophone minority has long complained of discrimination at the hands of the French-speaking majority. After separatists issued a declaration of independence for the state of Ambazonia, police staged a crackdown opposed to secession.
Protests came as a months-old movement against perceived marginalisation by the Francophone-dominated government picked up.
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