Thirteen people, including the Mayor of Lagdo, were freed on the 11th of July after they were held by rebels in the Central Africa Republic for just over fifteen months. Fifteen people were abducted in the overnight raid near Badan last March. Two died while being held and two were released before the 11th of July.

From africanews

Mayor and 12 other Cameroonian hostages held for over a year in CAR freed

Thirteen Cameroonian hostages including a Mayor kidnapped last year by a rebel group in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been released and returned to Yaounde.

They were released on July 17, according to the Cameroonian presidency’s announcement on state radio on Wednesday.

“President Paul Biya welcomed the release of Mama Abakai, Mayor of Lagdo (northern Cameroon), and his ten companions who faced the misfortune,” the statement read.

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From News Ghana (report published in October 2015) –

Cameroonian mayor kidnapped for 7 months, whereabouts still unknown

Mama Abaka, mayor of Lagdo, was a member of the delegation that was ambushed by a group of unknown men on March 19, 2015 in Badan locality near the border with the Central African Republic.

Since their kidnapping, fingers has been pointed at the Democratic Front for Central African Republic’s People, a rebel group in the Central African Republic that had been accused of carrying out attacks and abductions in Cameroon.

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