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Suspected Cameroon separatists abduct top civil servant, attack bus

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<p>A top Cameroonian civil servant has been abducted by suspected Anglophone separatists.</p> <p>Ivo Leke Tambo, recently-appointed chairman of Cameroon’s Anglophone educational board, <span class="caps">GCE</span>, was abducted just outside the southwestern town of Lewo .</p> <p>In a video circulated on social media on Saturday, Leke Tambo could be seen seated on the ground in a bush semi-naked.</p> <p>Elsewhere, social media footage showed an attack on a bus carrying some 30 people by suspected armed members of the self-declared Ambazonia Defence Forces.</p> <p>A section of Cameroonians have condemned the acts.</p> <p>“I just want to tell them that everyone wants peace. Nobody wants war in this country. I think we are all Cameroonians and we want to live in peace,” said Esther Ngala an opposition MP.</p> <p>Authorities did not immediately confirm the abduction of Leke Tambo, the latest in a slew of abductions in recent weeks. </p> <p>Tension has soared in Anglophone parts of Cameroon accounting for about a fifth of the population, since separatists on October declared the self-proclaimed republic of “Ambazonia”. </p> <p>The tension was ramped up further in January when 47 separatists, including their leader Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, were extradited from Nigeria.</p>
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