NIGERIAN TROOPS SURROUND KIDNAPPERS OF FRENCH FAMILY ABDUCTED IN CAMEROOON; TERRORISTS LOCATED IN THE FAR NORTHEAST NEAR THE CAMEROON FRONTIER

JSTF soldier(r)and cop on urban combat and house clearing operations at Damaturu, NE Nigeria June 2012

JSTF soldier(r)and cop on urban combat and house clearing operations at Damaturu, Yobe State, NE Nigeria

REUTERS
By Tansa Musa and Ibrahim Mshelizza
YAOUNDE/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria
Thu Feb 21, 2013

Nigerian security forces surrounded the
kidnappers of a French family in northeast Borno state on Thursday in an operation to rescue the hostages, a Nigerian military source said. French, Nigerian and Cameroonian officials earlier denied French media reports that the family, who were seized in Cameroon and taken over the border,
had been freed.

The Nigerian military located the
hostages and kidnappers between Dikwa and Ngala in the far northeast, the military source in Borno said, asking not to be identified. Dikwa is less than 80 km (50 miles) from the border with Cameroon where the three adults and four children were taken hostage on Tuesday.

A senior Cameroonian military official
declined to comment saying the matter
was too sensitive. Citing a Cameroon army officer, French media reported earlier on Thursday that the hostages had been found alive in a house in northern Nigeria. “This is a crazy rumor that we cannot confirm. We do not know where is it coming from,” Cameroon Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Reuters by telephone from the capital Yaounde. “What is certain is that the French tourists who were abducted are no longer on our territory. However, we are in touch with the Government of Nigeria to intensify measures to continue the search for them along our common border,” he said.

French gendarmes backed by special
forces arrived in northern Cameroon on
Wednesday to help locate the family, a
local governor and French defense
ministry official said. Nigerian military spokesman Sagir Musa earlier also said the report on France’s BFM television of the hostages being released was “not true,” while Didier Le Bret, the head of the French foreign ministry’s crisis center, said the information was “baseless.”

The abduction was the first case of foreigners being seized in the mostly
Muslim north of Cameroon, a former
French colony. But the region – like others in West and North Africa with porous borders – is considered within the operational sphere of Boko Haram and fellow Nigerian Islamist militants Ansaru. On Sunday, seven foreigners were snatched from the compound of Lebanese construction company Setraco in northern Nigeria’s Bauchi state, and Ansaru took responsibility.

Northern Nigeria is increasingly afflicted
by attacks and kidnappings by Islamist
militants. Ansaru, which rose to
prominence only in recent months, has
claimed the abduction in December of a
French national who is still missing.Three foreigners were killed in two failed rescue attempts last year after being kidnapped in northern Nigeria and Ansaru, blamed for those kidnaps,
warned this could happen again.

The threat to French nationals in the
region has grown since France deployed thousands of troops to Mali to oust al
Qaeda-linked Islamists who controlled
the country’s north. The kidnapping in Cameroon brought to 15 the number of French citizens being held in West Africa.

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13 Responses to NIGERIAN TROOPS SURROUND KIDNAPPERS OF FRENCH FAMILY ABDUCTED IN CAMEROOON; TERRORISTS LOCATED IN THE FAR NORTHEAST NEAR THE CAMEROON FRONTIER

  1. originalpato says:

    I hope the Nigerian authorities aren’t going to listen or solicit help from the Brits or the French…Let’s put our training from the Israelis into good use and resolve this our own style…I know our boys can do it…

  2. Henry says:

    This news is false!!!!!! It was a rumour. It has been confirmed to be a rumour and the french veteran minister has retracted his statement and apologised.

  3. Oga Beeg….breaking news….elements of d jihadist in Gao….serious gunfire ongoing….Men even d french are finding it hard dislodging dem from d mayors office. Aljazeera reporting.

  4. wocon45 says:

    Just looking at this video gives you a real perception of what troops are facing in Mali. if only Nigerian troops would have footages like this for all to see and appreciate

  5. seun says:

    @ benjy23… If I may ask, what country are you from ?

    • Seun no need to ask him…..He is drunk…..thats the only explanation i can give for his response

      • benjy32 says:

        I am from NIGERIA PLATEAU STATE to be precise a US vet ,AND SOMEONE WHO IS AWAKE not a SHEEPLE like most of you i dont drink FYI so chill i have seen shit and know shit when i see one.Go f***k urself.but all i post on this block will manifest becos we know shit

  6. seun says:

    @ Oga optimusprime, I roger dat…. Will leave the subject to continue wallowing in his ignorance. Over.

  7. Obix says:

    @Beags, for sanity sake and for keeping to the purpose of this blog, benjy32 doesn’t belong here!!!

  8. beegeagle says:

    Benjy32, relax now? What’s with the sudden love for bad language? You have teed up a lot of conspiracy theories before now and it was free of profane content. We listened even if we did not buy into the line of thought.

    Come on man, you can make many points without the negative vibes or is someone posting through your screen name? Haba, this kind of content is beneath what we would normally associate with you. Controversial views we have come to expect but not this, man.

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