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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