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Chad liberates arrested Cameroonian soldiers

BIR soldiers fighting Boko Haram in Cameroon's Far North (File Photo)

Chadian authorities say they have released Cameroonian soldiers who were arrested on May 7 by Chadian army.

Chadian army had arrested nine members of Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Group (BIR) and two civilians in Mayo Kebbi-East, a region which borders Cameroon and ‘Djamena. The nine soldiers and two civilians, Chadian authorities say, were released on Wednesday, May 10, and entrusted to the divisional officer of the Logone and Chari division.  According to anonymous sources, negotiations for the their release were conducted by Bah Oumarou Sanda, head of the Cameroon’s diplomatic mission in Chad.

The soldiers were arrested while pursuing four turbaned armed bandits who tied up a herdsman and stole 26 oxen on Sunday. The alleged thieves disappeared in the forest between Gobo, a town in Cameroon, and Holom-Gamès, a Chadian town.

In order to chase the thieves, the Cameroonian military had taken with them two civilians, owners of the cattle and found themselves in Chadian territory going by their version. The two civilians who accompanied the soldiers were also released.



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