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Raid Frees Foreign Hostages In Cameroon

Cameroon says its security forces have freed six hostages kidnapped two weeks ago off the country's coast.

Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma says the six were freed Thursday and handed over to representatives of their respective diplomatic missions on Friday following medical examinations.

Tchiroma refused to give any additional details on the operation.

Rebels from Cameroon's Bakassi Peninsula claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. It is not clear whether the rebels are from a group called Bakassi Freedom Fighters or a splinter group known as Africa Marine Commando.

The hostages - four Ukrainians, one Croatian and one Philippine national - were kidnapped from vessels off the coast of Cameroon on September 12.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.