84 Suspected Children Terrorists Released By Cameroon

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Cameroon Regional Governor, Mijiyawa Bakary yesterday,
said the government had released 84 children who had been held in custody for
six months in its Far North region.
He said the
children, aged between five and 15 years, had been rounded up along with 43 men
during raids on Islamic schools, suspected of serving as indoctrination and
recruitment pools for Boko Haram. The governor said
41 of the children had already rejoined their families.

The human rights
group, Amnesty International, had earlier mounted pressure on the authorities to
release the children.
The Cameroonian
army had frequently been accused of human rights violations in its fight
against Boko Haram.

President Paul
Biya declared war on Boko Haram last May, after the group started infiltrating
into Cameroon from neighbouring Nigeria.

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