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Cameroon Releases Children Accused of Being Boko Haram

Cameroonian people gather to protest against Islamic extremist attacks in Yaounde, Cameroon, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Some thousands of Cameroonian youths say they marched through the capital to show support for the military's battle against Nigeria's Islamic extremists in the country's north. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki)
Cameroonian people gather to protest against Islamic extremist attacks in Yaounde, Cameroon, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki)

(BBC) – Cameroon has started to release some of the 84 children detained for more than six months after a raid on Koranic schools.

The authorities had claimed the schools were being used as fronts for Boko Haram training camps.

Amnesty International says some were as young as five years old.

The release comes after pressure from the human rights group which argued the children were detained without being charged of a crime.

In December 2014, Cameroon said it had dismantled a Boko Haram training camp in Guirvidig near the border with north-eastern Nigeria, and had seized 84 children who were being trained there.

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