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Seven French nationals kidnapped in Cameroon - radio

MYT 11:10:01 PM

DAKAR (Reuters) - Seven French nationals have been kidnapped in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria, Radio France International reported on Tuesday.

The station said the French embassy in Yaounde had confirmed that seven people were abducted by armed men on motorbikes and were being taken towards Nigeria.

Cameroon Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said he could not confirm the report for now. The French foreign ministry said it was checking the information.

The tourists were kidnapped at around 7 a.m. in a small village about 10 km (six miles) from the Nigerian border in the north of the country, where Westerners often go for holidays.

The kidnappings come amid a French-led intervention in Mali to oust Islamist rebels. Eight French citizens are being held in the Sahel region by Islamist groups.

(Reporting By Bate Felix, John Irish and Diadie Ba; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Jeremy Laurence)

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