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Colonel Didier Badjeck boasts of Cameroon’s military might after liberation of kidnapped students

Yaoundé (National Times)-The Spokesperson of the Cameroon military, Colonel Didier Badjeck, has disclosed that 81 hostages, mostly students taken 48 hours ago from PSS Nkwen in Bamenda have been released.

“The 81 hostages, comprising of students and officials taken have been found in the early hours of Wednesday in Bafut, abandoned by their captors,” Didier Badjeck said in a recent communiqué.

The Air Force Captain said defence and security forces encircled the captors militarily by air and land which pressurised them to release the students and their officials.

He also argued that the zone was encircled in such a way as to limit any risk to the hostages, which is why there was no real exchange of gun fire but pressure from the military and manpower strength.

According to him, the soldiers used heavy surveillance machinery to determine the precise location of the abductors which was Bafut.

However, he did not give precise information as to how exactly this large number of students and their officials were transported out of PSS Nkwen and later transported back to Bafut without the full knowledge of his men in uniform given that the area is heavily militarised and under several curfews that has brought mass movement almost on a standstill.

By press time, the students and their driver were still being questioned at the Bamenda Gendarmerie Legion.


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