27 hostages held by Boko Haram released in Cameroon

The Chinese workers were seized in May near the town of Waza. The others freed include the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister who was seized in July

27 hostages held by Boko Haram released in Cameroon

World Bulletin/News Desk

Twenty-seven hostages seized by suspected militants from Boko Haram in Cameroon this year, including 10 Chinese workers, have been released, the Cameroon presidency said on Saturday.

The Chinese workers were seized in May near the town of Waza, 20 km (12 miles) from the Nigerian border. The others freed include the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister who was seized in July, the presidency said.

"The 27 hostages kidnapped on May 16, 2014, at Waza and on July 27, 2014, at Kolofata were given this night to Cameroonian authorities," President Paul Biya said in a statement read on state radio.

"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," it said, giving no further details.

Boko Haram has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon this year. Cameroon has deployed troops to its northern region, joining international efforts to combat the militants.

Last Mod: 11 Ekim 2014, 17:40
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