27 hostages freed
YAOUNDE (AP):Cameroon's government announced yesterday that 27 hostages presumed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, including 10 Chinese construction workers and the wife of a vice prime minister, had been freed.
The hostages were returned early yesterday morning and "are safe and sound," according to a statement from President Paul Biya's office read on state radio.
Boko Haram never claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, but the incidents raised concerns that the Nigeria-based insurgents were expanding their operations in Cameroon as the government became increasingly involved in regional efforts to contain them.
Cameroon says it does not pay ransoms in kidnapping cases, and yesterday's brief statement provided no details on the conditions of the hostages' release.