Cameroon Army Liberates 16 Hostages

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A Cameroonian army operation has freed 16 hostages, including Polish

Catholic priest Mateusz Dziedzic, who were abducted by rebels from

Central African Republic last month, Cameroon's government said on


"A special operation of Cameroonian defense and security forces

permitted the liberation last night of 15 Cameroonian hostages … as

well as the Polish priest Mateusz Dziedzic," the statement said.

The head of the organization that runs Poland's overseas Catholic

missions had said a rebel group known as the Democratic Front of the

Central African People (FDPC) abducted Dziedzic on the night of Oct.

12 in neighboring Central African Republic.

The FDPC, one of a number of armed groups that has fought the Central

African government and other militants in an off-on conflict in the

former French colony over the past decade, had demanded Cameroon

release its leader Abdoulaye Miskine.

It was not immediately clear if this condition had been met.

The FDPC was initially allied with Seleka, a coalition of local rebels

that also included fighters from neighboring Sudan and Chad which

toppled the Central African government and seized the capital Bangui

in March 2013.

After falling out with Seleka, Miskine fled to Cameroon and was

arrested there in September 2013.

Credit: Reuters

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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