Attackers have stormed a school located within the southwestern Cameroon with guns and machetes. According to the United Nations, they killed at least eight children and wounding a dozen more.
Arriving on motorbikes and in civilian clothes, the men attacked the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy located the city of Kumba, in the country’s Southwest Region, at around midday on Saturday.
There was no record of an immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, described by the UN as “the worst atrocity” since the resumption of the school year earlier this month. It was unclear if the attack was connected to a continuing struggle between government forces and armed groups in the English-speaking west seeking to form a breakaway state.
The United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced in a statement that “At least eight children were killed as a result of gunshots and attack with machetes. Another twelve were wounded and taken to local hospitals.
According to reports, some children were injured jumping from second-storey windows. Videos circulating on social media filmed by local journalists appeared to show adults rushing from the school with children in their arms, surrounded by wailing onlookers.