Unidentified gunmen stormed a school in Cameroon’s south-west region on Wednesday, killing at least three children and one teacher, a human rights group said.
An attack on a school in the town of Ekondo Titi was confirmed by Mayor Kenneth Nanji, but he could not immediately provide the death toll.
Children ages 12, 16, and 17 and a French-language teacher were killed, according to a Cameroon-based human rights group, while several others were injured.
This is yet another example of “senseless, outrageous… murder of innocent children,” EU Ambassador to Cameroon Philippe Van Damme, tweeted.
Gunmen stormed a school in the region, one of two where English-speaking separatists have been fighting for a breakaway state since 2017, killing seven children.
Two months after hundreds of schools in the Anglophone South West and North West were reopened after being closed for years by separatists, Wednesday’s attack occurred.
An immediate claim of responsibility had not been made by anyone.
The crisis stems from the French-speaking majority’s perceived marginalisation of the Anglophone community. Violence on both sides of the conflict has killed more than 3,000 people and forced the displacement of nearly one million.