April 4, 2018 / 10:05 AM / in 21 days

Cameroon security forces free 18 hostages in Anglophone region

YAOUNDE, April 4 (Reuters) - Cameroon security forces freed 18 hostages kidnapped in the restive Southwest region, including seven Swiss and five Italian nationals, the government spokesman said in a statement late on Tuesday.

Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the 18 individuals who were freed on Monday, including six Cameroonian municipal officials, had been kidnapped by “terrorists”, a term typically used by the government to refer to Anglophone separatists.

Reporting By Josiane Kouagheu; Writing by Aaron Ross Editing by Edward McAllister

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