French kidnap family freed in Nigeria, Biya
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The French family kidnapped in Cameroon in February have been freed in Nigeria, where they had been taken by members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect, Cameroon’s President Paul Biya announced on Friday. Paris has confirmed the news.
The three adults and four children of the Moulin-Fermier family, who were kidnapped near
Cameroon’s Waza nature reserve on 19 February, were handed over to Cameroonian authorities overnight, Biya said.
They are in good health, the French say.
French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius left for Cameroon as soon as the news came through.
The Nigerian and French governments played an important role in the release, officials have said, without giving more details.
France in February said it would not hold direct talks with the kidnappers and President François Hollande
later said that no ransoms would be paid for any French hostages now being held.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, not far from the Nigerian border, some time after it took place.
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