Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

French Told to Flee after Kidnap in Cameroon

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

French Told to Flee after Kidnap in Cameroon

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Byline: Bo Wilson

FRANCE today urged its citizens to leave north Cameroon "as quickly as possible" after a family of six and a friend were kidnapped by gunmen on motorbikes as they drove back from a national park.

The president of Cameroon Paul Biya said "all measures" would be taken to rescue them and military helicopters are being used in the search.

The couple, their four boys aged four, seven, nine and 11, and a French family friend were attacked near the border with Nigeria, where it is thought they have been taken. Their 4x4 was found nearby.

The group, believed to be living in the capital Yaounde, had spent the night in the Waza National Park in a tent and were travelling home when they were surrounded and taken captive.

They are thought to be the first Westerners to be abducted in Cameroon, a stable area of west Africa.

It is feared that the kidnapping is a revenge attack by Islamic jihadists for the French military intervention in Mali. …

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