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Ten Chinese workers among 27 hostages freed in Cameroon

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 01:08

Twenty-seven hostages seized by militant group Boko Haram in Cameroon in May and July have been released. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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--Part quality as incoming -- Warm welcomes in Cameroon after Boko Haram releases 27 hostages including 10 Chinese workers. The wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister was also released. Authorities say Cameroon's President was personally involved in securing their release in a process that involved the military and the country's intelligence service. They are offering no further details. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMEROON'S COMMUNICATION MINISTER, ISSA TCHIROMA BAKARY, SAYING: "As far as the government is concerned, I think that we can say indeed, it is a resounding victory, The Chinese workers were seized in May near the Nigerian border. The vice-prime minister's wife was seized in July. After spending months as hostages -- they are the lucky ones. Boko Haram has killed hundreds of people this year, as it continues a five-year campaign for an Islamist state. The group attracted global condemnation when it abducted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. There has been little word on their fate.

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Ten Chinese workers among 27 hostages freed in Cameroon

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 01:08