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French Hostage Freed in Nigeria

By    |   Monday, 18 Nov 2013 08:55 AM

A French hostage kidnapped 11 months by ago Islamist militants in northern Nigeria is free, according to the BBC.
 
French President Francois Hollande thanked Nigeria for helping secure the release of Francis Collomp, 63, in the city of Zaria, and announced he would send French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to see the former hostage.
 
The circumstances surrounding Collomp’s release are unclear. Unofficial reports say he managed to escape from a cell during a shootout between his captors and Nigerian security forces, the BBC reported.
 
A Nigerian militant group known as Ansaru, which is reportedly linked with the jihadist Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for kidnapping Collomp, an employe of Vergnet, a French wind turbine maker, on Dec. 19.  
 
Shortly before Collomp’s release, four other French hostages were set free in neighboring Niger three years after they were kidnapped by militants linked to al-Qaida.
 
There were reports that at least 20 million Euros ($27 million) was paid in ransom. According to the BBC, Paris has denied that any public funds were used.
 
Since then, a French priest has been kidnapped in Cameroon, another country in the region.

On Friday, George Vandenbeusch was abducted in Koza, a town in northern Cameroon near the Nigerian border, by about 15 gunmen who attacked the compound where he worked, the BBC reported.
 
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