French family of 7 kidnapped in Cameroon

February 19, 2013 8:08:32 AM PST
President Francois Hollande has confirmed that a French family of seven -- three adults and four children -- have been kidnapped in northern Cameroon.

Hollande indirectly suggested that the Boko Haram group may have had a role in the Tuesday kidnapping. French Minister Laurent Fabius said it "probably was this sect Boko Haram."

Details of the kidnapping were not immediately clear.

Hollande, speaking during a visit to Greece, warned French citizens in the region "to avoid exposing themselves."

A French official close to the embassy in Cameroon said the group was believed to have been taken from northern Cameroon to Nigeria, where on Monday a little-known extremist group claimed responsibility for a separate abduction of seven foreigners.

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