(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon’s restive North-West region have been reunited with their parents amid joyful scenes.
The 78 boys and girls and three others were seized early on Monday in the region’s capital, Bamenda.
A driver was also freed, but the principal and a teacher are still being held.
The government and English-speaking separatists have accused each other of orchestrating the kidnapping.
After being released, the students were taken in army vehicles back to the Presbyterian Secondary School where their parents were waiting.
It was a very emotional scene as they tried to come to terms with what their children had been through, journalist Peter Tah told the BBC.
One of those who had been kidnapped, a 15-year-old girl, told the BBC that she had been treated well by the kidnappers.
Those held captive had been given fruit, food and warm water to wash with, she said.