YAOUNDE (Cameroon), Nov 28 — A special operation by the Cameroonian army late Wednesday rescued 15 Cameroonians and a Polish priest who had been abducted by an armed group from neighbouring Central African Republic, said a communiqué issued Thursday by the secretary general of the Cameroonian presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh.

The Cameroonian hostages were kidnapped on Sept 20 and Oct 24 in the West of the country while the Polish priest, Mateusz Dziedzic, was abducted on October 12.

After their rescue, they were all taken to Yaounde General Hospital for check-up and medical treatment by the Cameroonian government.

“The Cameroonian President sincerely thanks all those who helped in this happy ending event and praises particularly the significant contribution of Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who is mediator in the CAR crisis,” the communiqué said.

In addition, the President has “warmly congratulated the Cameroonian defence and security forces for their courage and devotion and reaffirms his determination to contribute to the promotion of a peaceful resolution of crisis and conflicts in the sub-region and to work hard to preserve peace, stability and security in Cameroon, guarantees of prosperity and well-being for our populations”, the communiqué concluded.


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