Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kidnappers Free French Priest Abducted in Northern Cameroon

(NewsWatch Cameroon)-A French Catholic priest kidnapped in Cameroon on November 13 has been released, French President Francois Hollande said in an official statement.
Fr Georges Vandenbeusch-Now Free
Fr Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, was kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria just months after Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram captured a French family in the same region
The armed Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, which operates in the area, later said it was holding him.
His message expressed special thanks to Cameroon's President Paul Biya.
Mr Hollande thanked the authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria for their help in getting the priest released.
Georges Vandenbeusch was seized in the night of Wednesday to Thursday in the region of Koza, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Nigerian border.
Vandenbeusch had been a priest in the Paris suburb of Sceaux until he left for Cameroon in 2011, the French Foreign ministry said, adding he had decided to stay in the region – which France considers to be high risk for kidnappings – even though he was aware of the risks involved.
Earlier this year (in February), seven members of a French family called Moulin-Fournier - four of them children on holiday in northern Cameroon- were abducted by Boko Haram. They were released in April.

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