Kidnapped French family of seven released in Cameroon

April 19, 2013 15:49

YAOUNDE - A French family of seven, including four children, have been released in Cameroon following secret talks, France said on Friday, ending two months of captivity in the hands of Nigerian Islamist militants.

The family was snatched on Feb. 19 by armed men on motorcycles while on holiday near the Waza national park in northern Cameroon, around 10 km (six miles) from the Nigerian border."I spoke to the father this morning ... He told me how happy and relieved he was," French President Francois Hollande told a news conference in Paris. "This is an immense relief. This will redouble our determination to free the hostages who remain."

Eight French hostages remain held by al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant groups in the Sahel region.

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