French tourists seized in Cameroon

Gunmen kidnapped seven French nationals, including three children, in northern Cameroon today. Image: Google Maps.

Gunmen kidnapped seven French nationals, including three children, in northern Cameroon today. Image: Google Maps.

Tue, Feb 19, 2013, 00:00

Seven French nationals, including three children, have been abducted in Cameroon, French authorities have confirmed.

Speaking this afternoon, French president Francois Hollande said the three children and four adults were seized by a militant organisation known to French authorities.

Mr Hollande said during a visit to Greece the seven belonged to the same family and had been seized by a Nigerian-based "terrorist group".

Radio France International reported earlier that the French embassy in Yaounde had confirmed that seven people were abducted by armed men on motorbikes and were being taken towards Nigeria.

The tourists were kidnapped at about 7am in a small village about 10km from the Nigerian border in the north of the country, where Westerners often go for holidays.

The kidnappings come amid a French-led intervention in Mali to oust Islamist rebels. Eight French citizens are being held in the Sahel region by Islamist groups.

Agencies