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Thousands of Cameroonians flee Boko Haram

More than 10,000 panic-stricken Cameroonians are fleeing border regions with Nigeria's Borno state after attacks by Nigeria's Islamic militant group Boko Haram, government officials said.

Boko Haram has, in the past month, raided at least two dozen villages and towns in northern Cameroon. The group also kidnapped at least 80 people during an attack on Mabass village on Sunday although the army has now rescued 30 hostages.

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Cameroon army frees 24 hostages from militants

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.

– Colonel Didier Badjeck

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