YAOUNDE: Military helicopters are searching for a vacationing French family of seven kidnapped in Cameroon and security around the region is being increased amid tensions over France’s role in western Africa.
Cameroonian President Paul Biya ordered tight security measures and urgent steps to free the hostages, who include four children.
They were kidnapped by armed gunmen in the country’s far north yesterday and whisked across the nearby border to Nigeria.
Officials suggested the involvement of Boko Haram, one of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist sects.
The kidnapping came as thousands of French troops are deeply involved in a military intervention against Islamist extremists who had taken control of a big part of the West African country of Mali.