Ten Chinese workers among 27 hostages
freed in Cameroon: presidency
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[October 11, 2014]
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - 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
"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
Boko Haram has killed hundreds of people this year, mostly in
northeastern Nigeria, although they have detonated bombs across
Nigeria. The group made international headlines when it abducted
around 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April.
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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.
(Reporting by Anne Mireille Nzouankeu; Writing by Matthew Mpoke
Bigg; Editing by Pravin Char)
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