Cameroonian authorities in Ekondo Titi- Subdivision, a locality in Ndian Division, South West Region of the country, have confirmed that four students and a teacher were killed in the Government Bilingual High School on Wednesday following an attack that was carried out by people they identified as separatist fighters.
The incident occurred around 8:10 am local time, according to Abola Timothe, the Prefect of the Sub-division, who added that the fighters were already in the school taking cover and shot at the early students and teachers.
The initial death toll stood at three but later rose to four after two other students in critical condition died of their injuries, and three others were sent to the Limbe regional hospital for treatment.
Abola said additional security had been deployed to the area to search for those responsible for such a cruel attack, targeting innocent and vulnerable school children.
No group has claimed responsibility following the attack, but locals insist that the attack was carried out by separatist fighters who have been living in the area.
Five months ago, armed separatist fighters launched an attack, kidnapped about seven local government officials, and killed one.
They had demanded one million US Dollars to secure their release, but the Cameroon government rejected their ransom request. Since then, nothing has been said by the government about the kidnapped officials.
Last year, another school was attacked in Kumba, Mother Francisca International Bilingual Primary and Secondary school, and the government said the armed fighters carried out the attack.
Some individuals were arrested and paraded, some months later, the military tribunal ruled that they were guilty, with some were sentenced to death.