French tourists seized in Cameroon near Nigeria border
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.

Italian, British, Greek and Lebanese workers are thought to be among those being held after the attack on a construction project in Bauchi state.

Ansaru also says 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.
Posted by: tipper 2013-02-19