Freed Chinese hostages arrive in Cameroon's capital

Chinese workers, who were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants and later freed, arrived in Cameroon's capital Yaounde Saturday, media reported.

IANS| Last Updated: Oct 12, 2014, 00:47 AM IST

Yaounde: Chinese workers, who were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants and later freed, arrived in Cameroon's capital Yaounde Saturday, media reported.

The 10 Chinese workers arrived at Yaounde Airport Saturday morning on board a plane chartered by the Cameroon government, according to Xinhua.

The ex-hostages, who appeared to be in good health, were received at the airport by Chinese Ambassador Wo Ruidi and Cameroon government officials.

The Chinese workers were found missing and believed to be taken by the Nigerian Islamist rebels May 16 after an attack at a Chinese work site in northern Cameroon.

Cameroon's Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Xinhua earlier that the wife of Cameroonian Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali, who was kidnapped in July, has also been released along with 16 other hostages.

A statement issued by the Cameroonian presidency said a total of 27 hostages have been transferred to the authorities in Cameroon, according to media reports.