Boko Haram Releases Chinese, Cameroonian Hostages


Ten Chinese and 17 local hostages have been released in Cameroon, where

they were kidnapped earlier this year in raids blamed on the Nigerian

Islamist group Boko Haram, Cameroon's president said Saturday.

“The 27 hostages abducted on May 16 in Waza and July 27 in Kolofata were

released to the Cameroonian authorities this night,” President Paul Biya

said in a statement on national radio.
The 10 Chinese citizens and other hostages, who also included the wife of

Cameroon's deputy prime minister, were all “safe and sound,” he said.

In June, authorities said that six people had been arrested over the

kidnappings of the Chinese. They were seized in May from a construction

camp in Waza near the border with Nigeria in an attack that left one

Cameroonian soldier dead.
The July kidnappings were carried out during two simultaneous assaults,

also blamed on Boko Haram, in which at least 15 people died.

Cameroon shares a border of more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) with

Nigeria, where Boko Haram has been waging a bloody insurgency since 2009.

The group did not claim responsibility for the kidnappings, but has been

involved in other abductions, including of 200 schoolgirls in a case that

sparked international outrage.
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