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Children killed in school attack given state funeral by Cameroonian government

CAPE TOWN – The Cameroonian government has given an official burial ceremony to the seven schoolchildren who were killed in an attack at a school in Kumba in the country’s conflict-ridden South-West region.

The children were killed in their classroom on October 24 at the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy when a group of unidentified armed men stormed the school and opened fire. Thirteen other children were wounded.

The Cameroonian government and armed separatist groups have accused one another of the attack, but no one has yet officially claimed responsibility for the horrific incident, while rights groups have said crimes and abuses have been committed by both sides.

The burial ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute and other representatives.

The UK on Wednesday condemned the recent attacks on educational institutions in Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions, which have been marred by violence since 2017.

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