Cameroon's army has freed 24 of some 80 hostages kidnapped during a cross-border attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters based in neighbouring Nigeria, a defence ministry spokesman has said.
Correcting an earlier estimate that 30 hostages had been freed, Colonel Didier Badjeck said:
The Cameroon army was able to free about 24 hostages taken yesterday by Boko Haram in the far north.
They were freed as defence forces pursued the attackers who were heading back to Nigeria.
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