Troops of the Cameroonian army Saturday freed four hostages held by separatists in Ntankah quarter within the Bamenda II Council in the northwest region.
The four hostages freed included two students of Bilingual High School, Nkwen. They were held a stone throw from where they were initially abducted.
Reliable sources in Bamenda told HumAngle that the liberation of the hostages followed an army search-and-find operation mounted in search of kidnapped persons.
HumAngle was informed that one hostage, an older man, was severely wounded during the operation, and is currently receiving treatment in the Bamenda Zone 5 hospital while four separatists were killed.
The military also recovered an excellent quantity of arms and explosive devices. Several individuals suspected to be sympathisers of the separatists were also arrested during the raid.
The separatists have intensified abductions from homes, workplaces and the streets. They often follow this by executions if the demanded ransom is not paid. However, Cho Ayaba, one of their leaders, had condemned this.
“Since 2017, the armed separatists operating in the Anglophone regions of northwest and southwest of Cameroon have abducted hundreds of persons, including students and members of the clergy within the context of calls for the secession of the Anglophone regions,” said Lewis Mudge, Central African Director of the international non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Watch.