Rights group says college students aged 12, 16 and 17 and a French language trainer killed in Ekondo Titi, in unrest-hit Southwest Area.

Unidentified gunmen have attacked a faculty in a city in Cameroon’s violence-hit Southwest Area, killing not less than three college students and one trainer, in line with an area human rights group.

The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) stated in an announcement on Wednesday that a number of others had been wounded within the assault in Ekondo Titi. It recognized the slain college students as being aged 12, 16 and 17 and the fourth sufferer as a French language trainer.

“CHRDA stronger condemns this assault on college kids and academics,” the group said in a statement, whereas calling for the federal government to take measures to “impartially and successfully examine the incident”.

“Take all mandatory measures to place an finish to the Anglophone Disaster by a truthful and inclusive dialogue,” the assertion added.

The greater than four-year-old Anglophone conflict started when authorities forces used lethal pressure to suppress peaceable protests by attorneys and academics towards perceived marginalisation by the nation’s majority Francophone authorities. In response, dozens of armed separatist teams then fashioned to struggle for an impartial nation referred to as Ambazonia.

Some 4,000 folks have to date been killed within the battle, with greater than 700,000 folks compelled to flee their houses.

Rights teams have accused each separatists and authorities safety forces of committing abuses.

Kenneth Nanji, the mayor of Ekondo Titi, additionally confirmed the assault on the varsity with out offering a loss of life toll.

There was no rapid declare of accountability.

Worsening violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone areas has been taking an more and more heavy toll on civilians, with renewed assaults towards faculties documented in current months.

Between October and December 2020, the United Nations recorded 35 assaults on faculties together with the “killing, torture and abduction of scholars and academics, in addition to arson of schooling services”, in line with an internal report provided to Al Jazeera earlier this 12 months.

Of these assaults, 30 had been carried out by separatist teams leading to 10 civilian deaths and 67 abductions.

The 5 different incidents concerned authorities safety forces together with the “unintentional discharge of weapons” close to faculties and resulted in 5 civilian accidents.

Faculties have been a principal level of assault for the reason that starting of the battle when separatists referred to as for a boycott on schooling to attract consideration to the elevated use of French within the classroom and reliance on monolingual French-speaking academics.