30 hostages taken by Nigeria militants in Cameroon released

By Drum Digital
19 January 2015

Cameroon's military says about 30 of the over 60 hostages abducted by suspected members of Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have been released.

Military spokesman Col. Didier Badjeck said Monday that some of the hostages escaped while others were freed after a gun fight between Boko Haram and the military. Badjeck said the militants used some of the hostages as human shields. He did not say how many people were killed.

Boko Haram seeks to impose Islamic Shariah law in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation at about 170 million. The group has occupied villages on about 250 kilometers of the border between Cameroon and Nigeria, and has recently launched attacks across the border.

Last week Cameroons president Paul Biya called for international help to fight the terrorists.

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