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Islamists kidnap French family of 7 in Cameroon

By Mason White 5:57 AM February 27, 2013
Village in Cameroon 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) Radical Islamists have kidnapped a French family on vacation in Cameroon, according to an official statement from the French government.

President Francois Hollande has confirmed that a French family of seven, which include three adults and four children, have been kidnapped in northern Cameroon.

Hollande indirectly suggested that the group Boko Haram may have had a role in the kidnapping on Tuesday. French Minister Laurent Fabius said: ‚Äúprobably it was this sect Boko Haram.”

The details of the kidnapping were still unclear.
Hollande, during a visit to Greece, warned French citizens in the region to avoid exposing themselves.

An official close to the French Embassy in Cameroon said that the family is believed to have been taken from northern Cameroon to Nigeria, where on Monday a little known militant group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the seven foreigners.

The French army is conducting operations with the Malian army to defeat Islamist fighters who seized the north of the country in recent weeks after a military coup last year. The recent kidnappings have added to fears of instability and danger to the West.

Before Tuesday, there were at least eight French citizens arrested in the region, including at least one that was taken in Nigeria.

An analysis released Monday by a private company based on global intelligence, suggested that the group which claimed responsibility for the kidnapping in Nigeria, Ansaru, had strong ties to al-Qaeda in Maghreb, the African branch of the terror network.

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