At least 79 students have been kidnapped in Northwestern Cameroon on the eve of President Paul Pia's swearing-in in the biggest kidnapping in the English-speaking region since the conflict began with armed separatists, reports AFP.
In addition to the students, unknown gunmen kidnapped a high school principal in Bamenda, a doctor, government source told AFP.
The alleged kidnapper is recorded telling the students: "We shall only release you after the struggle. You will be going to school now here ... all of us stay here and fight for this struggle inside Ambazonia land."
The school's website describes it as a "co-educational Christian public boarding school" with more than 700 male and female students from all religious and linguistic backgrounds in Cameroon.
The 85-year-old president, who came to power in 1982, was re-elected to a seventh term with 71.28 percent of the vote and sworn in Tuesday.