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Boko Haram Releases Cameroon and Chinese Hostages

 

Chinese HostagesThe Nigerian militant group Boko Haram on Friday 10 October 2014 released and handed over to Cameroonian authorities 27 hostages, who were held for over 3 months. The hostages included 10 Chinese construction workers and 17 Cameroonians, including the wife of the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Ahmadou Ali.

The freed Cameroonian hostages included six women, three kids, the Lamido of Kolofata and seven other men. Most of them were abducted around the locality of Kolofata in the Mayo Sava Division of the Far North in July this year while The 10 Chinese were abducted on May 16, 2014 in Waza.

They were transported from Maroua to Yaounde on a special flight
Speaking to the hostages and a host of government officials and the Chinese ambassador to Cameroon in the Unity Palace, the head of state Paul Biya said Cameroon will not relent any effort in combating the Boko Haram group. He praised the military and Cameroon’s negotiating power in freeing the hostages.

The President also lauded their bravery and courage, saying those values accounted for their survival during the horrendous ordeal they suffered since their painful disappearance

For his part, the Chinese Ambassador to Cameroon, Wo Ruidi, thanked President Paul Biya for the tact and diplomatic finesse used in obtaining the release of the hostages. He noted that China remained opposed to any form of terrorism and promised China's support to any effort to stamp out all forms of violence.