France on Thursday denied a claim that seven members of a French family kidnapped this week in northern Cameroon by suspected Islamists had been freed.The French foreign ministry said in a statement that it formally “denied the information that the French hostages had been released”.
A Cameroonian military source said earlier they had been found safe and well in Nigeria.
However, the JTF and the Police are yet to issue an official confirmation on the purported release.
It would be recalled that the family of seven, including four children, two parents and an uncle were abducted by six gunmen on three motor bikes while traveling near the Waza nature reserve in the far north of Cameroon. Their vehicle was later discovered in a river near the Cameroon border with Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the French foreign ministry on Wednesday urged French nationals to leave northern Cameroonian area “as soon as possible.’’