FRENCH TOURISTS SEIZED IN CAMEROON NEAR NIGERIA BORDER

Editor’s Note:

The Bataillon d’Intervention Rapide (BIR) which has been tagged as the elite force in the provision of security in Cameroon and extending to the Central African sub-region, may have failed in its primary mission to provide security in the Northern part of the country. This may not come as surprising to many who have questioned already the large concentration of the force at the Man O War Bay in Limbe, given that the creation of the force by Cameroon President Paul Biya in 1999, was said to be with the singular objective of fighting armed banditry, kidnappings and other criminal activities along the Cameroon borders north of the country. If there are any doubts about the proficiency of the BIR in carrying out its mandate, this is dispelled with the following report that came across from the BBC

Gunmen in northern Cameroon have abducted seven French tourists near the border with Nigeria, French President Francois Hollande has said. He says they belong to the same family and were seized by a “known terrorist group based in Nigeria”.

Mr Hollande added that the seven – who are said to include children – were probably taken to northern Nigeria. Two militant groups are active there. One, Ansaru, claimed the abduction of seven foreign workers on Sunday.

Ansaru also sayd it is holding a French national, Francis Colump, who was seized in the northern state of Katsina. Another Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, has staged many attacks across northern Nigeria in recent years.

A Cameroonian security official told France’s AFP news agency that the family had been returning from a visit to Waza National Park when they were attacked.

 

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