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France advises citizens to leave Cameroon

France urged its citizens to get out of Cameroon speedily, after the abduction of a French family.

Francois Hollande. Picture: AFP
Francois Hollande,Cameroon
World Politics

PRETORIA - France on Wednesday urged its citizens to get out of Cameroon speedily, after the abduction of a French family by Islamist militants.

French President Francois Hollande said terror group Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria could be responsible for kidnapping a French family of seven, including four children, in northern Cameroon on Tuesday.

The men on motorcycles, armed with Kalashnikovs, intercepted the family in their car and forced them to drive to the nearby Nigerian border, an aide to the governor of the province told Reuters. The four-wheel-drive vehicle was later found abandoned.

Hollande believes the family has already been moved to Nigeria.

The abductions come as French forces lead a successful bid to oust jihadi terrorists from northern Mali.

Nigerian forces are preparing to lead an African contingent due to replace the French military.

The French Foreign Ministry said citizens were officially advised not to go to the far north of Cameroon and the border with Nigeria until further notice.

Islamist radicals in northern Nigeria now pose the biggest threat to stability in Africa's top oil-producing state.

(Additional reporting by Reuters)

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