Some elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, BIR Friday October 16 freed eleven persons including a priest, reportedly held in captivity by suspected separatist fighters in Lebialem Division of the restive South West region of Cameroon.
The hostages, mostly elderly men and women were freed during a military operation in that part of the country.
They are reported to have been held captives in an Ambazonia camp belonging to Agbor Oscar Nkeng, an armed separatist leader targeted by the military after October 13 operation that led to the death of General Ayeke in Besali Wabane, still in Lebialem Division.
Agbor Oscar is said to have ran away, leaving behind his eleven hostages.
During the previous military operation in Wabane, thirteen civilians were freed, including a baby and three young girls believed to be sex slaves to Ayeke.
Some of these freed hostages are quoted as having said their captors who accused them of collaborating with the military were demanding FCFA 1.5 million ransom in exchange of their freedom.
It is worth mentioning that Lebialem Division has for years been a hot spot for kidnappings by Ambazonia fighters.