(Business in Cameroon) - The Cameroonian army announced today November 7, it has succeeded in freeing 78 hostages, including students and teachers, kidnapped by individuals two days ago from a school in the northwest, Anglophone region, plagued by separatist violence since 2016.
“The 78 hostages, students and supervisors were found in the early morning in Bafut, abandoned by their abductors. Since yesterday, the terrorists were located via telephone conversations; the Defence and Security Forces roughly circumscribed the search area,” said Colonel Didier Badjeck, head of communications at the Ministry of Defence (photo), who stressed that “the principal, a teacher and two children are still missing”.
“After several reconnaissance operations involving major surveillance resources, particularly aerial surveillance, the hiding place was specified on the Presbyterian school in Bafut. The area was sealed off and under this pressure, the terrorists released the children,” he added.
Didier Badjeck said assault was banned in order not to put the hostages at risk. He stated that an official press release will follow for a better understanding of this operation.