Kidnappers of mayor, 15 others traced to CAR – Cameroonian security sources

CAR Rebels are demanding ransom to released the Cameroonians

CAR Rebels are demanding ransom to released the Cameroonians

Cameroon's security sources claim that Government has commenced negotiations with the Central African rebel group who kidnapped the Lagdo elites who were visiting their sub-prefect in Bertoua.

This negotiation follows the kidnapping of 16 people on the road to Garoua-Boulai by some unidentified armed men.

"The Group has responded and we have sent delegates to negotiate with them", revealed the source. "They demand payment of a ransom," noted the source without giving further details on the terms of negotiations.

Other sources close to the family of Mama Abakai and Cameroonian negotiators have noted that Central African rebels require about 6 billion CFA francs for the release of the 16 Cameroonian hostages.

"Regardless of the times, we are conducting negotiations with tact and diplomacy and we are sure that soon the hostages will be free," said another source.

"We are really pleased to know that the hostages are safe and that they will come back soon," said Michel, a close associate of the Mayor Mama Abakai.

Mama Abakai, as well as other hostages could return in the next few days if things go well between Cameroon and the rebels.