on the 24th, the governor of Meme Province, Chamberlin Ndong, said that separatist militants in the English-speaking part of the country broke into a school in the provincial capital Kumba that day and opened fire on students in the classroom. Four students died on the spot, and several other students were seriously injured.
The permanent representative of Cameroon’s Ministry of Secondary Education in Meme Province told the local media that the injured had been taken to the hospital for treatment, and two of the students died. The 6 victims were between 9 and 14 years old.
Residents near the school said that after the attack, the militants fired shots in the sky while fleeing the scene. Currently, Cameroonian security forces have launched a hunting operation.
Cameroon’s official languages are French and English, and the population of the English-speaking area accounts for about 20% of the country’s total population. Since October 2016, there have been continuous protests in the English-speaking area of Cameroon.
Local people accused the central government of neglecting the development of the English-speaking area for a long time. Since October 2017, the protest has evolved into an armed conflict.
Some radical separatists have begun to target local government departments and schools to create attacks and kidnappings, and they have frequently clashed with Cameroonian security forces.