900 freed Nigerians arrive in Maroua
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Maroua – 2 December 2015
1. Various of released hostages in back of trucks
2. Trucks parked in front of governor’s office
3. Governor of Far North Region of Cameroon, Midjiyawa Bakary, coordinating operations
4. Cutaway of Cameroon soldier
5. Bakary talking to soldier
6. Food supplies for released hostages in back of pick up truck
7. Bakary instructing Cameroon military to distribute food and water to hostages
8. Various of military unloading supplies
9. Bakary asking (in French) if any one of the released hostages in back of truck speaks the Hausa local language
10. Various of released hostages in back of truck
11. Bakary instructing military
12. Various of soldiers distributing food and water to released hostages, mostly women and children
13. Men sitting on sides of truck
14. Military vehicle
15. Various of trucks carrying released hostages departing for Nigeria
Cameroon’s government spokesman says troops have freed 900 hostages held by Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists, killed more than 100 fighters and arrested 100 others.
Trucks carrying the released hostages arrived in Maroua in the Far North Region of Cameroon on Wednesday evening, where they were given food and water by Cameroonian soldiers.
The governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakary, oversaw the distribution of supplies in Maroua before the trucks continued on to Nigeria.
Cameroon’s government spokesman, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, said Wednesday that Cameroonians, Chadians and Nigerians held by the Islamic extremists were freed in an operation from November 27 to 29 from several camps by joint forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin.
He said they are being reunited with families.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary said troops killed more than 100 fighters and also arrested one of the group’s leaders along with about 100 other fighters in Boko Haram strongholds in the Sambisa Forest, which straddles northeastern Nigeria and Cameroon, and the Lake Chad area.
Boko Haram’s 6-year uprising has killed 20,000 people.
The Islamic extremist group has expanded attacks into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
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