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YAOUNDE: Some 78 people, mostly school children, were kidnapped in the city of Bamenda in northwest Cameroon early on Monday, government and military sources told Reuters.

It was not clear who was responsible for the kidnapping, which occurred in the English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting to form a breakaway state.

A local governor later said armed men kidnapped 78 students from a Presbyterian school in Nkwen village in restive northwest.