Tuesday, 19 February 2013

France blames Islamists as family kidnapped in Cameroon

The French government has blamed Islamist militants from neighbouring Nigeria for the kidnapping of a family of seven French tourists, including four children, in Cameroon on Tuesday.

The family, who lived in Yaoundé, were captured at about 7am in a village six miles (10km) from the Nigerian border, near the Waza national park and Lake Chad, which are popular holiday destinations for westerners. They were believed to have been taken by gunmen on motorbikes as they travelled to the park.

French media reported that the children travelling with their parents and an uncle were two girls and two boys. Le Parisien newspaper said they were aged four, seven, nine and 11.

It is the first case of foreigners being seized in the north of Cameroon, a former French colony.

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