Military liberates nine hostages in Pinyin, says Bamenda - Babadjou road is secured

Freed hostages

Nine young men kidnapped on the night of April 11, 2021 by separatist fighters in Pinyin, a locality in Santa Subdivision, Mezam Division of the North West region have been freed by security and defense forces during a targeted operation they carried out.

According to the commander of the 5th Joint military region, Brigadier General Nka Valere, two separatist fighters were also killed and many others injured.

The operations he said came as a result of threats from separatist fighters to block circulation along the Bamenda - Babadjou road.

While handing over the freed hostages to their family members Sunday April 18 in Bamenda, Brigadier General Nka Valere and Ekongwese Divine called on more collaboration from the population so as to secure them and their assets.

Family members jubilating with their children

Kept under precarious circumstances, the nine young men went for days without eating.

"It was on Monday April 11 at about 1:00am when I heard a knock on my door. Asked who was knocking, the people said they are amba soldiers. So when I opened the door, I was taken to the junction where other young men were kept and we were taken to the camp. Every morning we were beaten with machetes", Elvis, one of the freed hostages told the press.

Asked how he regained his freedom, he said, “So it happened during the night of April 16 breaking 17 when we heard heavy gunshots. The guns lasted for hours and stopped. We heard people speaking and we shouted for help and that was how the military came and rescued us. I am so happy for them as they saved our lives from those boys”.

During the operation, an automatic riffle, AK 47, den guns, bullets batteries and a Yamaha motorcycle was retrieved from the camp.

Weapons retrieved from the operation

Brigadier General Nka Valere used the event to tell the road users that the Bamenda - Babadjou road is safe and that people should go about their activities unperturbed while calling on them to remain vigilant and report any cases of insecurity to the military.

He disclosed that the targeted operations will continue along that stretch of road and that mobile patrol teams will always be on patrol.

By Nji Nelson Chefor


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