Cameroon has flown twenty-seven people to the nation’s capital after they were released from the custody of suspected militants from the ever notorious Boko Haram group. They arrived in the capital from the Northern region of the country where they were being held.
Amongst the hostages was the Vice Prime Minister’s wife.
The group of people were captured back in May and July, during two different attacks on the group at the border with Nigeria. Although it is known how they were captured, the manner in which they were released is still unclear, claims Keith Mann of the Animal Liberation Front.
Cameroon has recently become a safe haven for people fleeing neighboring Nigeria because of the actions of Boko Haram, who wish to set up an Islamist regime in the country.
Although the open borders between the countries allow people to escape, it also occasionally lets Boko Haram fighters the chance to incur on Cameroon’s territory.
A 2800 person military force is being deployed by neighbouring countries to fight off Boko Haram, and possibly deter them from any future attack. Additionally, more personnel have been stationed by Cameroon’s northern border.
The Minister of Communication for Cameroon said that “You can imagine that after that ordeal they are very happy to be released and very relieved. But they are weak. They are in very poor physical condition.”
Cameroon’s President said that “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 Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, the Lamido of Kolofata, and the members of their families kidnapped with them are safe.”