Boko Haram crisis: Cameroon troops 'free 900 hostages'

December 2, 2015, 4:14pm

Cameroon is part of a five-country regional force fighting Boko Haram. Photo: AFP  

BBC News

Troops have freed 900 hostages captured by the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Cameroon's defence minister has announced.

Joseph Beti Assomo said his forces had also killed around 100 Boko Haram members at the end of November. There has been no independent confirmation of the operation in Cameroon's remote Far North region.

It is not clear exactly where the clashes took place, or where Boko Haram's captives had been held.

The statement on public radio on Wednesday said a large stock of arms and munitions had been seized, as well as black-and-white Islamic State flags. It did not give any details on the identities of the freed hostages.

So it is not known whether those freed include any of the 219 schoolgirls taken from their dormitories in Chibok, Nigeria last year.

At least 17,000 people have been killed and 2,000 abducted since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009, according to Amnesty International.