Cameroon says 27 Boko Haram hostages released

The president of Cameroon says that 27 hostages, including 10 Chinese workers, held by suspected Boko Haram militants have been released.Also freed was the wife of Cameroon’s Vice-Prime Minister Amadou Ali. President Paul Biya said that the hostages, seized in May and July close to the Nigeria border, were safe.

Boko Haram is trying to establish an Islamist state in Nigeria but its fighters often cross the long and porous border with Cameroon. Many Nigerian civilians in border towns have fled to Cameroon to escape Boko Haram attacks, which have been stepped up in recent months.

In July, Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger agreed to form a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle Boko Haram militants. Cameroon has reinforced its troops in its northern regions.

President Biya said in a statement on state radio: “The 27 hostages kidnapped on May 16, 2014, at Waza and on July 27, 2014, at Kolofata were given this night to Cameroonian authorities. “Ten Chinese, the wife of the Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, the Lamido (a local religious leader) of Kolofata, and the members of their families kidnapped with them are safe.”

BBC

No details were given on the circumstances of the release or whether a ransom was paid.

In July, Cameroon said Mr Ali’s wife and maid were abducted in “a savage attack” on his home in Kolofata by Boko Haram militants.

Mr Ali managed to escape to a neighbouring town.

Efforts to step up regional co-operation gained momentum after Boko Haram caused an international outcry by abducting more than 200 girls from a boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria.

The girls are thought to be held in the vast Sambisa forest, along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

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5 responses

  1. You mean there’s some good news obummer hasn’t tried to take credit for? Give him time to weasel in. 😉

    1. Ahhh, he’s not interested in those terrorists…..those are lower classed ones….

  2. 82 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram

    The Nigerian government said 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram three years ago were released Saturday, though more than 100 are still missing.

    Unidentified government officials told multiple news agencies the release came after years of ongoing negotiations between Nigeria’s government and leaders of the radical Islamist group. Boko Haram has established a caliphate in northeastern Nigeria and has led an eight-year insurgency against the government.

    Boko Haram’s stunning raid of a girls’ school in the town of Chibok in northern Nigeria in 2014 drew international outcry. It’s believed 276 of them were taken captive. The group released 21 of the girls in October after negotiations with the Red Cross. Another 50 or so have escaped on their own since being abducted.

    Officials said the girls were driven by caravan to a meeting between their captors and the Nigerian army, which took the girls to an undisclosed location where they are working to reunite them with their families.

    Many of the girls who were kidnapped were Christian, but the BBC reported they were encouraged to convert to Islam and marry their kidnappers while they were being held.

    UPI

  3. Well, What If They Were Trained By Boko Haram? What Then?

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