Cameroon says regional forces free 5,000 Boko Haram captives

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Posted: Mar 15, 2017 11:34 AM

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Regional West African forces freed 5,000 captives from a Boko Haram base in a week-long operation that also completely destroyed the militants' hideout in mountains along the Nigeria Cameroon border, Cameroon said Wednesday.

The "hostages freed consisted mostly of women, children and elderly people," Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told a news conference.

(Reporting by Sylvain Andzongo; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Louise Ireland)