Cameroonian security forces have freed several hostages including a prominent senator in a raid in which 10 separatist kidnappers were also killed, the country’s army spokesman Cyrille Serge Atonfack Guemo said late Monday.
Guemo said that the military operation took place in Ashong, a separatist stronghold in the country’s English-speaking region of Northwest where several hostages were being held.
“As our men approached on the evening of Monday, May 30, 2022, heavily armed terrorists (separatists) opened heavy fire to halt their progress, while some of their comrades tried to escape with the hostages held captive in their camp. The appropriate and professional response of the elements of the defense and security forces made it possible to put them (hostages) out of harm’s way,” Guemo said in a statement released late Monday.
Regina Mundi, a member of the Cameroonian Senate and of the politburo of the country’s ruling party Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, who was abducted alongside her driver a month ago, was freed during the operation.
Three separatist fighters were captured and ammunition used by the fighters was destroyed during the operation that lasted for two days, according to Guemo.
There was no news of casualties on the side of government forces.
Clashes between government forces and separatists began in 2017 after separatists declared the “independence” of Cameroon’s two Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest. Enditem