At least 20 of up to 80 people taken hostage by Boko Haram militants in Cameroon at the weekend have reportedly escaped, according to a BBC report.
Cameroon’s defence ministry said the hostages were freed “as defence forces pursued the attackers who were heading back to Nigeria”.
Many of those kidnapped in the cross-border raid were said to be children.
Chad, which also borders Nigeria, has recently sent soldiers to help Cameroon tackle the militants.
The abductions took place in the villages of Maki and Mada near the city of Mokolo in Cameroon’s Far North region.
Cameroonian police and officials said the militants had arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning when it was still dark. Many of those seized were said to be women and children.
Before leaving, the attackers burned dozens of homes to the ground.