The 79 students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released, but two of the three staff members abducted with them are still being held, a church official said Wednesday.
He had earlier put the number of children taken at 79, but later said one of their number was in fact a teacher, who remained with the kidnappers.
Although the video has yet to be independently verified, parents of the kidnapped schoolchildren have been taking to social media and claiming that they are able to clearly identify them in the footage.
The mission school's discipline mistress, Ms Maureen Njei, said the abducted students were both boys and girls.
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has condemned Monday's reported kidnapping of students and staff of a secondary school in Bamenda, North-West region of Cameroon.
The government and English-speaking separatists have accused each other of orchestrating the kidnapping.
But it remains unclear who the kidnappers were and why the children were taken.
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In the video, the kidnappers force several young male students to give their names and the names of their parents.
The students, kidnapped Sunday night from a Presbyterian school in the northwestern city of Bamenda, were released at another school 12 miles away, The Guardian reports, noting that it's also unclear how they were transported given a curfew that was in effect at night.
"Praise God 78 children and the driver have been released", Rev. Forba said.
"How can he always talk of protection and security when our schools are torched every day, our children tortured and their teachers killed?" he said.Reportedly, the attack took place in Nkwen village, which is an English-speaking region where separatists are fighting to form an independent state and want to call it Ambazonia.
A miltary source said the principal of the school had also been kidnapped.
"These appalling abductions show just how the general population is paying the highest price as violence escalates in the Anglophone region", said Samira Daoud, Amnesty International deputy regional director for West and Central Africa.
Supporters of Cameroon's Incumbent President Paul Biya, of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party, celebrate his election victory in Yaounde in October. Last week, an American missionary was fatally shot in the head while in his auto, apparently caught in crossfire between government soldiers and armed separatists in Bamenda.