YAOUNDE: Cameroon’s president has ordered that tight security measures be used to rescue the seven French tourists kidnapped by armed gunmen in the West African nation’s northern region.
A ministry statement late yesterday said the president said urgent steps must be taken to seek the hostages, and that the Cameroonian government is in contact with Nigerian and French authorities.
A French family of seven – including four children – was kidnapped yesterday in northern Cameroon.
Officials suggested the involvement of one of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist sects, while the French gas group GDF Suez identified the captives as an employee working in the Cameroon capital of Yaounde and his family.
The family was vacationing in the north.