A total of 27 hostages, including 10 Chinese nationals and the Cameroonian deputy premier’s wife, were released by suspected Boko Haram militants after being held for months, Cameroon’s government said.
Xinhua reports that the hostages, including the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali, arrived in Cameroon’s capital of Yaounde on Saturday morning via a plane chartered by the Cameroonian government. They were received by Chinese Ambassador Wo Ruidi and government officials and were taken for medical examinations.
Chinese embassy officials said that the hostages were in stable condition.
The Chinese workers were believed to be taken by members of the Nigerian Islamist militant group on May 16, after an attack on a Chinese camp near the northern town of Waza. The deputy prime minister’s wife, a local leader of Kolofata and their family members were abducted on July 27 in Kolofata.
Boko Haram has been fighting security forces in Nigeria for the past five years in an attempt to impose Islamic law, Bloomberg reports. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said last month that the group has killed over 13,000 people in that time, and that raids have increased in Cameroon this year.
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