- The gunmen opened fire on the children of the private school, killing four, while three others died while being attended to in hospital.
- The country’s Prime Minister Dion Ngute called the attack a dastardly act of wickedness adding that the country will not bow to acts of terrorism.
- The United Nation’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that attack on educational institutions is a great violation to the right of education.
The Cameroonian government blamed separatists for an attack on a school in the town of Kumba, in the southwestern part of the country, that left seven students dead. The government called for a stop for the killings of the innocent. Gunmen stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy.
The gunmen opened fire on the children of the private school, killing four, while three others died while being attended to in hospital. Reports indicate that fifteen children were injured in the attack, seven of whom are in critical condition. It is feared that the death toll could rise.
A student who was at the scene said they were studying French when they heard three gunshots, adding that they had to bow down as they resorted to praying. The student said that after the gunmen had left they got up only to find dead bodies and those injured lying on the ground.
The attack comes just two weeks after the start of the new academic year in the country. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. The shooting was considered a terrorist attack, and the government said that the attack was barbaric with unbearable cruelty.
The country’s Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, called the attack a dastardly act of wickedness, adding that the country will not bow to acts of terrorism. It is alleged the separatists have over the years called on parents to stop sending their children to school.
According to the government’s spokesperson, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, the attack was aimed at disrupting the resumption of schools in the Southwest and northwest regions. Sadi said that the military had been deployed to search for the attackers and bring them to book.
The attack sparked protests among the parents, teachers and school children. Hundreds of the protesters were dressed in black as a sign of mourning. Gregory Mewano, the mayor of Kumba, addressing the protesters, urging them to unite against such barbaric attacks. He also urged them to cooperate with the military as they carry out the investigation.
Ekoko Mukete, Kumba’s traditional ruler in the region, also condemned the attack:
“I am here to resound the disgust that the entire nation of Cameroon, and not just Cameroon, the entire world . . . People have been watching the pictures, asking themselves why. How could people be so mean, wicked and demonic? We shall say no to violence.”
The president of the Teachers Association of Cameroon condemned the attack, adding that a community cannot be built without education. The attack also got widespread condemnation from the human rights groups and foreign embassies.
The United States, in a statement, said that the violence should end, adding that the children should be allowed access education since it was their right.
The United Nation’s Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said that attack on educational institutions is a great violation to the right of education. He called on the armed groups in the country to stop the attacks on innocent people.