Hopes were once again dashed for parents and relatives of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram over a year ago as Cameroon yesterday said the girls were not among a group of 900 hostages rescued by its army in a special operation last week.
The Cameroonian Information Minister, Issa Bakari, told reporters by telephone “The people that were freed are just villagers, the schoolgirls who are missing are not amongst the group”.
The freed hostages were driven in crowded open-topped trucks to the town of Maroua in Cameroon and given food and water by regional officials.
Cameroon is part of an 8,700-strong Multinational Joint Task Force established by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Benin, to combat Boko Haram.
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