Video Shows French Hostages Held By Islamist Extremists in Cameroon

by Colonel on March 18, 2013

“A video surfaced Monday showing a man who appeared to be a French hostage held by Islamic extremists with six other family members kidnapped on Feb. 19 in northern Cameroon.

The video’s audio airs a man’s voice that identifies himself as Tanguy Moulin-Fournier. He says that his family is being held by the Islamic radical sect known as Boko Haram which wants all its members freed, especially women and children held in Nigerian and Cameroonian custody.

Boko Haram has been waging a campaign of bombings and shootings across Nigeria’s north. They are held responsible for more than 790 deaths last year alone, and dozens more since the beginning of this year. On Monday bombings in two northern cities killed at least 17 people.

Moulin-Fournier said his family is not doing well in captivity.

” — Haruna Umar and Sunday Alamba, Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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