A French family consisting of four children was kidnapped in norther Cameroon, close to that country’s border with Nigeria. The kidnappers are demanding the release of militants being held in those two countries.
French ministers said they believed the three adults and four children seized in Cameroon’s far north near the Nigerian border on Tuesday were being held by Boko Haram which has killed hundreds to try to carve out an Islamist state in Nigeria.
The first sign of the family since they were captured came in a video posted on YouTube in which they appeared surrounded by three gunmen wearing turbans and dressed in camouflage.
“We have been taken by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad,” one of the male hostages said in the video, referring to the name in Arabic of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants.
“They want the liberation of their brothers in Cameroon and their women imprisoned in Nigeria,” the man added, speaking in French as he sat on the floor beside another man, a veiled woman and four children.
“A video of the French family kidnapped in northern Cameroon last Tuesday has just been posted by Boko Haram,” said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. “These images are terribly shocking and show a cruelty without limits.”
We are beginning to see a pattern develop. This kidnapping is likely a continuation of what happened in Algeria last month. Islamists kidnap / kill innocent people and blame France for beating back Islamists in Mali (borders Nigeria) who… kidnap / kill innocent people.
Look for this region to continue to get worse as the ‘Arab Spring’ reveals its true intentions.