The Cameroonian army says it has freed Polish Catholic priest Rev. Mateusz Dziedzic from his kidnappers. The priest’s captors say they voluntarily released Dziedzic and 15 other hostages as a goodwill gesture in hopes of political negotiations.
Either way, the six-week hostage ordeal is over and the former hostages are reported to be in good health. Dziedzic was abducted on 12 November by members of the Democratic Front of the Central African Republic. The other 15 were abducted in mid-October. The rebels had intended to use the captives as leverage to win the release of their leader, who had been arrested in Cameroon in 2013.