Cameroon frees 24 hostages after suspected Boko Haram kidnapping

January 19, 2015 11:59 AM

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YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Cameroon's army has freed 24 of some 80 hostages kidnapped during a cross-border attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters based in neighboring Nigeria, a defense ministry spokesman said on Monday.

The kidnapping, which occurred in the north of Cameroon on Sunday around the village of Mabass, was one of the largest abductions on Cameroonian soil. Many children were among the hostages.

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