French family kidnapped in Cameroon is released

Friday 19 April 2013 13.24
The 4x4 in which seven members of a French family were driving before they were kidnapped in February
The 4x4 in which seven members of a French family were driving before they were kidnapped in February

A French family of seven, including four children, kidnapped in north Cameroon and taken to Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram militants have been released.

A senior Cameroon official said the family were well and had been handed to Cameroon authorities late yesterday.

The family, which was on holiday, was abducted in February by armed men in Dabanga about 10km from the Nigerian border near the Waza national park.

Gunmen claiming to be from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram later released videos of the family, threatening to kill them if authorities in Nigeria and Cameroon did not release Muslim militants held there.

The parents of the family, which included two boys and two girls as well as another relative, worked for French utility firm GDF Suez.

Keywords: france, cameroon