Thursday, 21 February 2013
Kidnapped French Family Taken To Nigeria- Cameroonian Govt
Cameroon’s government is claiming that kidnappers who seized seven members of a French family, including four young children, in Cameroon, have taken them across the border into Nigeria.
The family – a couple, their children aged 5, 8, 10 and 12 and an uncle – were snatched by six gunmen on three motorbikes at Sabongari, 7km from the northern village of Dabanga near the Nigerian border yesterday.
A source close to the French embassy in Cameroon says that the abducted family had earlier visited Waza national park in the north of the country.
French President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Athens that he had been informed of the kidnapping, suspected to have been carried out by a Nigerian terrorist group.
The abduction of the holiday makers comes amid fears of Islamist reprisals over France’s military offensive against Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Mali.
The French embassy in Yaoundé yesterday advised all French nationals in Cameroon’s northern border areas to stay indoors.