Cameroon frees several hundred hostages from Boko Haram

Cameroon says it has joined Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram extremists to free a Nigerian border town, liberating several hundred hostages in the process.

Gen. Jacob Kodji, commander of Cameroon troops, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Saturday that the hostages included young girls who were being trained as suicide bombers. The rescue took place in the Nigerian town of Kumshe, 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the border with Cameroon.

He said at least 100 fighters were killed and Cameroon lost three soldiers in the raids.

Cameroon and Nigerian soldiers have been carrying out raids together in the two countries since December as part of their bid to defeat the Islamic extremist group.