French hostages abducted in Cameroon freed

2013-02-21 13:16

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Paris - Seven French nationals taken hostage in northern Cameroon earlier this week have been freed, French media reports said on Thursday, citing Cameroonian military sources.

The three adults and four children were found safe and sound in a house in the Nigerian town of Dikwa after being "abandoned" by their captors and were now in the hands of Nigerian authorities, BFM television reported.

A French junior government minister rushed to announce the news in parliament but was immediately forced to retracted, saying there was "no official confirmation" of the hostages' release. A French foreign ministry spokesman told dpa the ministry was still verifying the report.

Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, an expatriate employee of GDF Suez energy company, his wife, four children and a second male adult were abducted on Tuesday by gunmen as they were leaving a wildlife park in the far north of the country, close to the Nigerian border.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes in the sixth week of France's military intervention against Islamist militants in nearby Mali.

The French government said it suspected the Nigerian Islamist militia Boko Haram.

- SAPA
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